Taamaden

Seydou Cissé

"Bakary, a young man from Mali, sits on a rock in a lake and pours a small packet of milk over his head and body. He then takes an egg, looks at it carefully and says “Monday”, after which he breaks it and drops the yolk into the water. He repeats this several times. Having followed all his marabout’s instructions to the letter, his next crossing should now be successful.

Taamaden (“The Walking Child”) shows us two worlds: that of a number of West African immigrants who are making a living in Spain, and that of Bakary in Mali, who is preparing for a new attempt. These young men have one thing in common: they have regular contact with a mystical and religious clairvoyant.

In Taamaden, Mali-born artist and documentary filmmaker Seydou Cissé tells an original and intimate story about the everyday lives of immigrants and their ties to spiritual leaders. Switching smoothly between Africa and Europe, he shows how African occultism finds a place in Europe via the smartphone, and how faith and hope can be as strong as harsh reality."

EXTRACT

with

  • Bakary, Ouloulou, Baldé et Doucouré
  • Documentaire de création
  • 84 minutes
  • Langues : Bambara, Wolof, Anglais, Français, Espagnol
  • Auteur-réalisateur : Seydou Cissé
  • Montage : Wei-Yuan Song
  • Image : Tarek Sami, Tiécoura N’daou, Seydou Cissé
  • Son : Arno Ledoux, Birama Coulibaly, Abdoulaye Dianka
  • Montage son : Benjamin Pasternak
  • Bruitage : Elias Vervecken
  • Mixage : David Davister
  • Étalonnage : Michaël Cinquin, Sylvain Lange
  • Pays de production : France, Belgique, Cameroun, Afrique du sud
  • Produit par : Eugénie Michel-Villette (Les Films du Bilboquet), Dieudonné Alaka (Tara), Don Edkins et Tiny Mungwe (Steps), Aurélien Bodinaux (Neon Rouge)

partenership

  • Shelter Prod
  • Taxshelter.be
  • Fonds Image de la Francophonie et l’organisation des États ACP
  • France Télévisions
  • Pictanovo avec le soutien de la région Hauts-de-France
  • CNC
  • Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
  • Procirep-Angoa
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Bertha Foundation
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • DW Akademie
  • Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique
  • Union Européenne

news

  • IDFA • International Competition, Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature • Amsterdam, du 20 au 25 novembre 2021
  • "In Taamaden, Mali-born artist and documentary filmmaker Seydou Cissé tells an original and intimate story about the everyday lives of immigrants and their ties to spiritual leaders. Switching smoothly between Africa and Europe, he shows how African occultism finds a place in Europe via the smartphone, and how faith and hope can be as strong as harsh reality."

projections and selections in Festivals

  • IDFA • Samedi 20 novembre à 19H00 (Presse & Industrie), Tuschinski 5
  • Dimanche 21 novembre à 18H00, Tuschinski 2
  • Lundi 22 novembre 12H45 + Rencontre avec le réalisateur, Tuschinski 4
  • Jeudi 25 novembre 14H15, Munt 3
  • Samedi 27 novembre 20H30, De Balie Grote Zaal