Film & discussion in Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße:
"Die Piroge" - A film by Moussa Touré
May 21, 2019.
"If wealth is stolen from Africa, people must also have the right to follow it to Europe" (Dr. Boniface Mabanza Bamba, 17.02.2019)
Fishing has been done in Senegal for many generations. The traditional pirogues fish mainly for local coastal needs. But what if these boats can no longer be used for fishing because overfishing by EU mega trawlers deprives families of their livelihood?
In the award-winning Senegalese film "The Pirogue" (2012) by Moussa Touré, we find answers. At a coastal town near Dakar, on the fringes of a ring competition, the masterminds of a group of tugboats want to find a boatman for the upcoming
Crossing on a simple pirogue to the Canary Islands. The tugs around Lansana rely on Captain Baye Laye, who knows about the dangers of a crossing on the Atlantic and therefore hesitates at first. But several reasons lead him to decide to take responsibility for the lives of 30 men, including his brother Abou and his best friend Kaba and Nafy, the only woman on board. As captain, he is now to lead these people to a better future in Europe on a pirogue. (But what for some seems to be the way to paradise as a budding musician, for others the way to the fruit and vegetable fields of Spain, where they want to earn money - knowing full well that this is not a paradise).
In impressive, touching pictures Touré tells about the motives of the people, about their hopes, but also fears, without losing sight of the global causes of flight and their effects.
We then talk with the pan-African activists Mohamed Tanko and Dr. Jean-Paul Rwasamanzi about the causes and effects of neo-colonial, capitalist exploitation of African countries by European corporations and politicians.
Translators: Marianne Ballé Moudoumbou / Thierry Kwizera
Moderator: Elia Fushi Bekene
An event organized by Africavenir International e.V. within the framework of the project "Arrived in Berlin and now? flight and migration from an African perspective", sponsored by Engagement Global with financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Stiftung Do.
In cooperation with Amnesty International.
It is supported within the framework of the series "Neighbourhood in Dialogue" by the Neighbourhood House Urbanstraße.