Nafi's Father

  • 108'
  • Senegal
  • 2019

Tokara wants to marry his cousin, the beautiful Nafi, bringing their fathers into conflict with one another. The youngest brother is a high-ranking clergyman, the other a candidate for Mayor of the small town in the northeast of Senegal where the film takes place. Initially, their fraternal struggle seems to be all about the happiness of their children, but gradually it transpires that the children are pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress and the true nature of Islam. Can their family ties help them overcome these ideological differences?

Director Mamadou Dia shot his feature debut Nafi's Father, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, in the atmospheric surroundings of his home town, Matam. The camerawork and mise-en-scène are extremely precise, the performances impressive. Nafi's Father won the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present competition and the First Feature award at Locarno.

Director
Mamadou Dia
Country of production
Senegal
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
108'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Baamum Nafi
Language
Pulaar
Producers
Mamadou Dia, Maba Ba, Mohamed Julien Ndao
Production Company
Joyedidi
Sales
Joyedidi
Screenplay
Mamadou Dia
Cinematography
Sheldon Chau
Editor
Alan Wu
Production Design
Jean Jacques D'Erneville
Sound Design
Eli Coen, Ousmane Coly
Music
Baaba Maal, Gavin Brivik
Cast
Alassane Sy, Aïcha Talla, Penda Daly Sy, Saïkou Lo