2013 Edition's Short Films

President Dia

President Dia

  • Section :Short Films
  • Country :Senegal
  • Production Year :2012
  • Runtime: 54 Minutes

    Director: Ousmane William Mbaye

    Screenwriter: Ousmane William Mbaye

    Cinematographers: Stéphane de Trébonds, Jacques Pamart, Xavier Vauthrin 

    Editor: Laurence Attali

    Music Composer: Amadou Doukouré

    Synopsis: On December 17, 1962, Mamadou Dia, President of the Senegalese Council of Ministers, was arrested and then given a life sentence, being accused of a coup d’état by his friend and companion Leopold Sedar Senghor. Dia would be imprisoned with four of his closest ministers including Joseph Mbaye, Minister of Rural Economy, who was the filmmaker’s uncle. The following day, the Constitution was modified, and the parliamentary system was succeeded by a presidential system, giving Senghor full powers. Fifty years later, while the presidential campaign of 2012 agitates the country around the values of democracy, actors and witnesses of the events of 1962 take the stand.

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