• Mar 9, 2013 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Location: Symphony Space's Thalia Cinema
  • Latest Activity: Aug 21, 2019


Sat, Mar 9 at 8 pm
Sun, Mar 10 at 6 pm
$14; Students, Seniors $12; Members $10.Co-presented by the The International Organization of La Francophonie.

Best of the African Diaspora International Film Festival

2012. Moussa Touré. 87 min. Senegal/France. Color.

"Critics' Pick. A remarkably clear-eyed, quietly ambitious film. The most powerful thing about The Pirogue is the way it deals with emotionally charged events matter-of-factly, rather than melodramatically." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Senegal, a West African nation on the Atlantic Ocean, was home to Africa’s greatest movie-maker, Ousmane Sembene. Today, Moussa Touré follows in the master’s footsteps with this drama of 30 men (and one woman, a stowaway) who set out on an illegal 7-day voyage to Spain – making the perilous trip in a pirogue – a boat resembling a vastly oversized dinghy. While sharing a common desire to build a better future, these men hail from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The story grows from a finely delineated mosaic of personalities – reactions to the journey’s mounting danger – that span the emotional panoply of human experience. Touré’s compelling tale says as much about the universal nature of courage and perfidy as it does about the economic realities faced by so many of the world’s people. The Pirgoue was featured in Cannes 2012, in the Un Certain Regard section.


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