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Generation Kplus

Xalé Bu Rérr

Lost Child

Verlorenes Kind

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A young boy from an affluent family has the experience of a lifetime after his first day of school. When his father does not come to pick him up, he simply walks off. He gets lost and wanders without direction through the noise and chaos of a poverty-stricken metropolis. Unexpectedly, the boy receives help from an old scrap metal collector and a gang of street children. A striking portrait of Dakar, with elements of a fairytale.

Abdou Khadir Ndiaye

Senegal 2016

Wolof, French

18’ · Colour

recommendation: 9 years and up


Ibrahima Ba (Insh)
Mentor Ba (Old man)
Khalima Gadji (Insh's mother)
Xavier Caly (Insh's father)
Fallou Ndiaye (Xalebi)
Moussa Gueye (Omar)
Koudia Fall (Young woman)


Written and directed by
Abdou Khadir Ndiaye
Director of Photography
Amath Niane
Eloise Pelloquet
Abdou Guité Seck
Sound Design
Bruno Elhinger
Ousmane Coly
Salimata Ndiaye
Ana Senghor
Kadia Sall, Fatou Toure
Production Design
Oumar Sall the Great
Oumar Sall


Abdou Khadir Ndiaye

Born in Pikine, Senegal in 1988, he began training in film in 2008 and gained experience as a trainee assistant director on the feature film Tey by Alain Gomis which screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 2012. He has participated in various screenwriting and directing workshops including at the Goethe Institut and the Brazilian Embassy, both in Dakar, Senegal. After working as an assistant director on a series of productions, Xalé Bu Rérr (Lost Child) is his first short film.


2016 Xalé Bu Rérr (Lost Child); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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