A documentary film (2014 | 36′) with subtle animations. When a group of young rappers from Dakar, Senegal, join forces through their music to create a revolt, the presidential elections get a surprising turn. By using animations over the live action footage, the dark atmosphere of the tension hanging over the city is subtly highlighted.
Aida Grovestins (director, producer), Machteld Aardse (drawings for animations, producer), Hanneke van der Linden (animations), Cheikh Diarra (title song, narrator), Julien Grossmann (music), Allard Detiger (montage), Aart Jan van der Linden (pre-montage)
In this film we follow young artists from rap activist movement Y’en a Marre (‘We’re Fed Up’) from Dakar’s inner city. Frustrated with the sitting Senegalese president clinging to power, they bring an unprecedented popular rebellion to the streets.
Filmed over the course of a year, the documentary portrays the growing discontent among Senegal’s youth, fed up with the cynicism of their parents. The film shows the emotional and at times violent journey of the rappers, as they are propelled to lead a popular protest. The raw charcoal drawings of birds, at times leaving dark streaks over the footage, represent the threat the regime exercises.
As the movement gains massive popular support, the new leaders of the youth movement are provoked by police forces and must choose between fighting back or sticking to their peaceful stance, struggling between impulse and thoughtfulness. They learn what it means to resist fear as they struggle to control the angry masses. This rebellion propels our four protagonists into adulthood.
This is a close up portrait of what the future African Spring may look like. “Wade, get out” is where 1995 french film ‘La Haine’ meets the Arab Spring. Y’en a marre’s success and stress on non-violence inspired other young people in West Africa to create comparable pacifist, civil protest movements. All to avoid the violent scenario of the Arab Spring.
Crowdfunded and supported by Amsterdams Fonds for the Arts (AFK), Webster University Leiden / St.Louis USA. Thanks to foremostfilm
Producers: Aida Grovestins, Machteld Aardse; Trailer editor: Joffrey van der Vliet – Frontdoor