Laurence Attali, Senegal, 2019

26 minutes, French/Wolof/English with English subtitles

In Dakar, a few days before the feast of Tabaski, a painter is shut away in his studio, working on the theme of the ritual sacrifice of the ram. The red paint drips from the sketches hanging on clotheslines. An inscription on the wall: “Tabaski, who’s next?”. Three characters and a sheep revolve around him and reconnect him with reality. This film is a tribute to the famous painter Iba Ndiaye (1928-2008).


Laurence Attali started directing with documentaries: Sénégalais Sénégalaise, Regarde Amet, Petit Pays, Moustapha Dimé and Le temps d’un film. She then switched to fiction with La Trilogie des Amours (The Trilogy of love), Même le vent (Even the Wind) and Baobab, Le Déchaussé (The Unshod Man) . Her films have been selected by numerous festivals, including the Venice Mostra, Locarno, San Sebastian, New York Film Festival and New Directors New Films, Rotterdam, Durban, Roma FF and Fespaco amongst other festivals. They have received several awards. La Trilogie des Amours is part of the private collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

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