Farewell to Africa
Farewell to Africa
Farewell to Africa
Farewell to Africa
Farewell to Africa
Farewell to Africa

Farewell to Africa

Regular price $295.00
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  • CineMigrantes International Film Festival 
" The filmmaker puts his own story into perspective, with humility and affection, allowing us access to a very intimate terrain." -Cineuropa

An intimate, investigative account of a migration tragedy that reveals modern layers of the long, asymmetrical relationship between Europe and Africa.

In 2009, the bodies of dozens of African migrants, who had been trying to reach Europe via the Canary Islands, were washed up by ocean currents onto a beach in Mauritania.  Among them, inexplicably, was the body of a 30-year old Italian woman, Alice Bianchi.  Eight years after this tragedy, filmmaker Pierre-Alain Meier travels to Senegal with the hope of understanding the story behind this tragic shipwreck, and its possible larger significance.

25 years earlier, as a 30-year old white European, Meier had traveled the streets of Dakar producing the famous film Hyenas.  In his own words, “Coming back to Africa plunged me into different emotions: the adoption of my African children whom I’d intended to raise there, friends who collaborated closely on the film Hyènes and who died too young and whom I’ve never really mourned.”
As his investigation follows in Alice’s footsteps, Meier also puts his own story into perspective, with humility and affection, providing access to a very intimate terrain.  Through these two parallel stories, Farewell to Africa sets out to explore some of the larger ties – both rich and asymmetrical - that have never ceased to exist between Europe and Africa.

87 minutes, in Wolof and French, with English subtitles.

Directed by:  Pierre-Alain Meier
 
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