Dakar-born Mansour Sora Wade studied in France at the University of Paris VIII, gaining a masters in cinematography before returning to Senegal, where he was head of the Ministry of Culture’s audiovisual archives from 1977 to
1985. He started out as a director making shorts for television, as well as
various documentaries and reports for the French channel TV5. In 2001, he directed his first full-length work, The Price of Forgiveness, an adaptation of a popular Senegalese novel that won him the best Debut award at the 12th Festival of African Cinema in Milan, as well as the Tanit d’Or at the Carthage Film Festival in 2002. He directed his second full-length work, Fire of Mansaré, in 2009.