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SENEGAL – Kader Gadji, the sex appeal of Senegalese cinema

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Article produced in collaboration with Siaka Bamba Doh Ouattara

Senegalese actor Kader Gadji is a Senegalese movie star. He has appeared in more than a dozen successful films and appears in «The mistress of a married man». Yet nothing predestined him to the 7th art.

The Senegalese film industry is booming. It is thriving. Young actors are proving themselves. Others are gaining stripes. Among those who earn stripes, there are young people who stand out, like Kader Gadji. Few people know his name in civil status. Widely known as Birame, this macho character in “the mistress of a married man”, Kader Gadji begins to assert himself as a major figure of Senegalese cultural life – a feat in view of the obstacles he had to face during his half-hearted school curriculum.

Kader Gadji, younger brother of the famous actress Khalima Gadji, is tall, grouchy, strong-headed, outspoken. At first glance, it gives a sense of security. Sometimes, when he puts himself in the skin of certain characters, his voice becomes rough, quick and incisive.

Born in 1991 in Dakar, Senegal, in a mixed family – a Moroccan and a Senegalese -, Kader Gadji spent his childhood in a Dakar suburb. Cook at the base, he is today one of the most highly rated actors in Senegalese cinema. He took his first steps in the cinema with small films like «Seuy bi 2.0». On the advice of his sister, Khalima Gadji alias Marème Dial, he is going to be deeply involved in cinematography to become today that actor he engages and tries his luck in other series. He has a very strong relationship with his family, especially his sister Khalima.

It is in the Senegalese hit series «Mistress of a Married Man» that he really takes his marks. Incarnating the role of Birame, he pops the screen. The viewers, especially the feminine gente, have eyes only for him. Kader Gadji has appeared in films such as «Wara», «Renaissance», «L’or de NINKI NANKA, La maîtresse d’un homme marié»…

Kader Gadji, in addition to his acting skills, is doubled by an outstanding businessman. After serving as a model for several brands, he decided in October 2020, in the midst of Covid, to launch his own clothing brand under the name “Couture by king”. Both actor and model, Habib Benglia multiplies the roles, increasingly important, in films like Wara, Renaissance and especially The Mistress of a Married Man, in which he plays a leading role. At thirty years of age, a career very rich in constant evolution. Today he has the recognition of the public that always goes crescendo.

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MOROCCO – Morocco is in the spotlight at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival by Asmae el moudir

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Maryam Touzany, as a member of the official jury of the 76th Cannes Film Festival, will play a key role in the evaluation and selection of films in competition. As a member of the jury, she will bring her expertise, perspective and informed judgment to determine the winners in different categories. Maryam Touzany’s participation as a member of the jury highlights the importance of diversity and representation in the selection process of the Cannes Film Festival.

The 4 films supported by the «Atlas Workshops» selected:

1.Asmaa EL MOUDIR – The mother of all lies:
This film, directed by Asmaa El Moudir, is presented in the official selection of the 76th Cannes Film Festival. “The mother of all lies” explores the themes of truth, manipulation and the consequences that follow. The film immerses viewers in a compelling story where a mother’s lies have a profound impact on the lives of her family and those around her. Through a powerful narrative, the film addresses universal questions of integrity, trust and responsibility.

2. Faouzi BENSAIDI – Deserts:
“Deserts”, directed by Faouzi Bensaidi, is another Moroccan film selected in the official category of the Cannes Film Festival. This feature film explores the themes of isolation, the quest for identity and the search for meaning in a complex modern world. The film follows the path of a protagonist confronted with physical and emotional deserts, struggling to find his place in a constantly changing environment. With beautiful landscapes and a profound reflection on human existence, “Deserts” promises an intense and introspective cinematic experience.

Kamal LAZRAQ – The Packs:
“Les Meutes”, directed by Kamal Lazraq, is a Moroccan film selected in the official category of the Cannes Film Festival. This film addresses contemporary social and political themes by exploring group dynamics and collective movements. Through a powerful and provocative narrative, the director sheds light on the tensions, aspirations and struggles emerging within the packs, symbolizing the complex social dynamics of our time. The Packs” offers a profound reflection on human nature, individual aspirations and the power of collective movements.

    4 . Zineb WAQRIM – Ayyur:
    “Ayyur”, directed by Zineb Waqrim, is another Moroccan film presented in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. This feature film explores the story of a young woman facing patriarchal traditions and social constraints in a rural context. Through its journey of resilience and empowerment, the film addresses themes such as individual freedom, gender equality and the quest for identity. Ayyur” offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Moroccan women and the search for their own voice in a traditional society.

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    SENEGAL – Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival: Mame Woury Thioub wins short documentary award

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    Senegalese director Mame Woury Thioub wins the short documentary award at the 39th Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival in Montreal from April 21 to 30, 2023.

    The Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind outside the continent, screening more than 100 films each year about Africa, the Creole countries and their diasporas. A showcase for African and Creole cinema, this must-see event is a forum for exchange between international film professionals.

    With a new perspective on Africa, Creole countries and diasporas, through the dissemination of cultural productions, Vues d’Afrique promotes cultural diversity and the rapprochement between people of all origins and African and Creole countries.

    Mame Woury Thioubou is a journalist by training. Between 2004 and 2007, she was the Matam correspondent for Le Quotidien. In 2009, she joined the Master of Documentary Direction of Creation of the University Gaston Berger de Saint Louis (UGB). The school film she directed in 2009, Face à face, won the Ebène award for Best Documentary at the Neighbourhood Film Festival.

    In 2011, she directed Une journée avec Ngoné as part of a series in collaboration with Arte. Mame Woury Thioubou, who trained at Africadoc des Fondamentaux de la Production in 2016, joined the Impluvium Productions structure.

    The same year, she directed her first medium-length film Agora Braille, which deals with the schooling of blind children in Senegal through the struggle of an emblematic woman, Aïssata Pouye. In 2018, she completed her first feature film, Fifiré en Pays Cuballo in the Senegal River Valley.

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    AFRICA – Two African films honoured at the Cannes Film Festival

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    On April 13, the 76th Cannes Film Festival announced the films chosen to participate in its official competition. Two African productions have been selected to try to win the Palme d’Or of this edition which will be held from 16 to 23 May.

    Two African films were selected to try to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The information was made public at the official announcement of the

    19 films will be in the running to win the 76th gold prize at the Cannes Film Festival from 16 to 23 May. Africa is not left out with two films selected. Among them are «Banel et Adama» by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy (photo), and «Olfa’s daughters» by Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania. Shot in the Pulaar language, a variety of Peul mainly spoken in Senegal, with a team mostly Senegalese, Banel and Adama seem to attach great importance to the identity it conveys.

    The daughters of Olfa a documentary that follows the tumult of the life of a woman whose two teenage daughters are radicalizing and joining the terrorist organization Daesh in Libya.

    “The focus has been more on Asia in the last 20 years, with other countries like Japan, and now on Africa, because that’s where a number of young filmmakers from North Africa, East Africa, are coming from. from English-speaking Africa or sub-Saharan Africa, as Senegal is in competition,” explains Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival.

    The two filmmakers are not the only ones to represent the African continent. Sudanese Mohamed Kordofani, Congolese Baloji Tshiani, as well as Moroccans Kamal Lazraq and Asmae El Moudir were also selected in the “Un certain regard” section of the official selection dedicated to young talent and innovation.

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