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'Little Senegal'
(Sotigui Kouyate, Roschdy Zem, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / Cinema Libre Studios)

Overview: After many years as a tourist guide in the Slave museum in Senegal, Alloune, 65, a widower living alone, decides to go to America, in search of his ancestors taken away from his village two hundred years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

DVD Verdict: You have to know that I recommend this movie to anyone and EVERY one! It touches on an important subject and it is beautifully shot. Indeed, it's cinematically beautiful in all respects.

A touching film from opening scene to closing scene, an old man works at the little museum on the Isle of Gorée near Dakar from which in the past many thousands of slaves were shipped. For many years he has been going through the archive records.

When he discovers that one of his ancestors was shipped off to the USA, he decides to make the trip there to see whether his ancestor survived the journey and whether he may have distant relatives there. At the same time he wants to visit his cousin in NY who is a recent immigrant.

The juxtaposition between the African expectations of life in the USA (or Europe), a dream of nearly every young man I've encountered in Senegal, and the actual experience of living there, is just one element of this fascinating movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.