Little Senegal

Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Country: Algeria / France / Germany
Year: 2000
Running Time: 97 min.
Language: Arabic, English, French, and Wolof

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Alloune is a recently retired employee of the History of Slavery Museum on Gorée Island who decides on a trip to the USA to trace ancestors who were sold into slavery. His nephew Hassan lives in Harlem’s Little Senegal. Undaunted by the social divide between black Africans and Americans, he tracks down a “cousin,” Ida Robinson, who owns a newspaper stand, and gradually gains her confidence.

About the Director

Rachid Bouchareb

rachidBiography: Since his first film, Rachid Bouchareb has been questioning and exploring immigration, rootlessness and mixed cultures. Born in Paris to an immigrated Algerian family in 1953, he was long seen as a curio within the French cinema. In 1987 together with his friend Jean Bréhat he founded the production firm 3B that produces all his films, and also Bruno Dumont’s. Nominated to the Best Foreign Film Oscar with Poussières de vie in 1995, this fan of Sergio Leone’s westerns and Macadam Cowboy met a critical and public success with Little Senegal (2000) shot among the Afro-American community in Harlem, New York. But his most important success so far has been Indigènes (collective interpretation prize in Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and big hit at the French box office). His 2010 film Hors-la-loi -presented in Cannes among the official competition- gives a close look on what happened in Algeria after 1945: three brothers face the first demonstrations for independence…


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Little Senegal (2001);
L’Ami y’a bon [The Colonial Friend] (2006, 2010);
Outside the Law [Hors-la-loi] (2012).

La Pièce (1976);
La Chute (1977);
Le Banc (1978);
Peut-être la mer (1983);
Bâton Rouge (1985);
Cheb (1991);
Déposez armes (1992);
Des années déchirées (1993);
Poussières de vie (1995);
L’Honneur de ma famille (1998);
Little Senegal (2000);
Le Vilain Petit Poussin (2004);
L’Ami y’a bon [The Colonial Friend] (2004);
Days of Glory [Indigènes] (2006);
London River (2009);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – Exhibitions (2009);
Houme – Espoir (2009);
Outside the Law [Hors-la-loi] (2010);
Oscars (2010);
Just like a Woman (2012).