TUE 16 NOV
By Fatou Kandé Senghor
Senegal 2021 I ca. 60 min I OV with Engl. Subs
Followed by a discussion with the director, moderated by Achan Malonda
in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation
AFRIKAMERA presents on festival Tuesday in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation a special program on hip hop culture in Senegal, whose capital Dakar can be considered the rap metropolis of the continent. Fatou Kandé Senghor, author of the book “Wala bok: An oral history of hip hop in Senegal,” has created a 30-part series under the same title that is currently premiering on the Senegalese platform WIDO.
The heroine of WALABOK is 18-year-old Mossane, fourth child of a family of seven living in a suburban neighborhood of Dakar. Mossane is determined to turn her passion for hip-hop into a career on the stage. Mossane’s mother, who feeds the family alone with unbridled strength and determination, is both a role model for Mossane and a symbol of the social confines in which women move in Senegal. For an artistic career has no place in the hard everyday life of the family – and the male-dominated world of hip-hop primarily opposes female rappers like Mossane.
WALABOK brings the audience closer to the reality of young people living in the suburbs of Dakar, a youth that finds its home in the culture of hip hop, rebels against social injustices and dreams of a better life – and raps.
Following the screening of two selected episodes, there will be a discussion with the director about the situation of youth in Dakar, hip hop, the political significance of television series, and the louder protests of women against traditions and violence.
Admission to the event is free.
Fatou Kandé Senghor is an award-winning writer, visual artist, documentary filmmaker and educator, living in Dakar. Her most recent film, “Donner Naissance” (“Giving Birth”), was selected for the 56th Venice Biennale.
Senghor has written widely on gender, culture, history and African cinema and is the founder of Waru Studio, a space for young artists and filmmakers to explore the intersections of art, science, technology and politics in Africa. Her most important collaborations include working with Ousmane Sembène on “Faat Kiné” (2000) and with Wim Wenders on “The Invisible” (2007), a documentary about sexual violence against women in Congo.
Malonda (she/her) is a Berlin based singer, songwriter and electric pop diva whose work spans musical theater and her own self and co-written tracks. As well as creating music, she is a passionate anti racist and queer feminist activist. Singing and speaking out about topics such as gender, sexuality and diversity, Malonda is coming into her own as a political artist.