LA PIROGUE (2009)
A film by Moussa Touré
Cast: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall, Malaminé ‘Yalenguen’ Dramé
Each year, thousands of people leave Africa a Pirogue (A wooden boat) like a fishing boat, to undertake the very dangerous illegal voyage to Europe in search of a better life for them and their families. Moussa Touré’s powerful and suspenseful drama focuses on Baye Laye (Souleymane Seye Ndiaye), the captain of a small fishing pirogue, who is prevailed upon to carry thirty men on one such voyage from Senegal to Spain, though knowing very well what awaits them on the high seas. Taking aboard his human cargo (some of whom have never even seen the sea before) along with one unexpected passenger, Baye Laye must confront many perils in order to reach the distant shores of Europe where other problem await.
Here is a compelling human story told thought the eyes of Touré, it is not often or not at all that those film are made. Touré has interview real life captain for this project some other are not in the business anymore. The film got the Attention of the Film Cannes Festival in 2012. There were 30,000 people in a period of 2 to 3 years who cross the ocean and 5000 has died in this journey. The thing is one of the captain said he prepared everything the food for 7 days, 2 engines for the boat, spare parts, and gasoline, plus water. they took at least 100 to 150 passages. Some of them said they had people dead at the end of their voyage. To top it all off those families has paid a great deal of money to get there. One captain did the voyage 5 times and had no one dead, he got lucky he said but he had a lot of people who gave him tons of advise on doing this. That captain however knew the sea and knew how to manouveur his boat in a storm. It is a dangerous trip and the condition are fierce although once they get there they are not guarantee that they can stay. Beautiful cinematography here, most of the film takes place at sea. A nice cast that delivered some great performance. A film that should get more attention.