Posted by Afrika Eye on Oct 24, 2012
LA PIROGUE 87’ Dir: Moussa Touré, Senegal. French and Wolof. Subtitled
Winning standing ovations at this year’s Cannes festival, La Pirogue is the moving story of a group of Senegalese men who set off for Europe on a simple fishing boat, hoping for a better life. Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue who dreams of earning a better living for his family. When he is offered the chance to lead one of the many expeditions that head towards Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing the dangers that lie ahead. Adroitly capturing the dilemmas facing these desperate men, “La Pirogue” is a powerful depiction of a story that is relevant worldwide.