In 1989, after a clash near the border between Mauritanian shepherds and Senegalese peasants, there was an incredible escalation of racist violence in both countries. These events resulted in thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of refugees. Today, despite appearances, the wounds are not closed.
Witnessing the mass arrival of Afro-Mauritanian refugees in Senegal, with this film, I want to try to understand what really happened.
The black Mauritanian families who were victims of the massacres and deportations of April 1989 are today in the thousands: bruised, ruined, and neglected. They live in acute suffering, in silence – their tragic history remains taboo.
I want to create an ephemeral place where all the stories of the victims can be told and heard, a complex and subtle meeting space where the different actors in this conflict can reconstruct the story of this tragedy together, to heal wounds and prepare for the future.
Director: Alassane Diago
Producers: Karokinka (Senegal), Les Fils du Hatari (France), Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion (Germany)
German WCF partner: Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion
World sales: tbc
Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2019
Funding amount: 40.000 €