Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere... Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? Storm Would Have to be Recast for Future 'X-Men' Movies. Who Would You Like to See Play Her? 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want to Check Out (9/23/14) Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio Awkward Black Girl's Next Misadventure: Her Own Studio 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. 101-Year-Old Film Footage Found in Museum's Collection Is Earliest-Known Feature Made w/ Black Actors. First Public Screening in Nov. Angelina Jolie Wants to Take on 'Africa' Angelina Jolie Wants to Take on 'Africa' Once Supporters Now Critical of Actress Daniele Watts, as Civil Rights Activists Call on Actress to Apologize Once Supporters Now Critical of Actress Daniele Watts, as Civil Rights Activists Call on Actress to Apologize Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Watch First Full Trailer For 'Black-ish' Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne Watch First Full Trailer For 'Black-ish' Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series ABC Is Making Changes To The Next-Day Online Availability Of Its Series Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More) Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)

FESPACO 2013 - Moussa Touré Announces His Next Project Will Focus On Le Joola Tragedy

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 26, 2013 at 8:11PM

While catching up on my FESPACO 2013 clippings from around the web, I found this on Senegalese news website Leral.net (I'm translating using Google, so it's probably a few words off):
0
moussa toure

While catching up on my FESPACO 2013 clippings from around the web, I found this on Senegalese news website Leral.net (I'm translating using Google, so it's probably a few words off):

After the screening of "La Pirogue", Moussa Touré announced his new film "Le Joola." "I'm putting together a new film about Le Joola; this 9-year old tragedy has affected all Senegalese people. This is what I'm working on. But also, I have a film project "The summit of the mountain" and will be shot in Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso and probably Cape Verde. This is a love story between two people," said Moussa Touré.

This is apparently the first time he's talking about either of these 2 new projects since his last film, the engrossing drama La Pirogue, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last May. It was picked up for distribution by ArtMattan, and played at Film Forum here in NYC for a couple of weeks.

It's obviously also currently screening at FESPACO, where Touré made the above announcement.

It'll be impossible to say more about the latter project - The Summit Of The Mountain - without the director elaborating further himself, since he doesn't really give much away.

But, I can tell you that the first project he mentions, Le Joola, is based on a real-life incident, and will see Touré return to tragedy in the seas, as he did in La Pirogue, although a different kind of tragedy altogether.

In short, MV Le Joola was a Senegalese government-owned ferry that capsized off the coast of Gambia on September 26, 2002. The disaster resulted in the deaths of close to 2,000 people, and is said to have be one of the worst non-military maritime disasters in terms of the number of casualties.

A report published months later concluded that the accident had been caused by overloading (apparently the vessel had a capacity of only about 560 passengers) and negligence on the part of the boat's operators, the Senegalese navy and rescue services.

A decade later, families of those who died are still asking for answers, closure, and waiting for promised governmental support.

The AFP new report below revisits the disaster and its aftermath. Watch it while we wait to learn more about Touré's specific plans - how he intends to tackle to sensitive subject matter, whether looking at it and its impact broadly, or zooming in to focus on a single person or family and their struggles - or both.

This article is related to: Moussa Touré


Shadow & ActNewsletter