'Dakar Vert' will show movies and documentaries with an environmental topic, this can be from fiction to documentaries, or short films, to documentaries of a polluted site or movies showing environmental changes on social behaviour.

'Dakar Vert' plans to create symposia, workshops, and an online magazine on filmmaking and technology, thus enabling the youth to create their own documentaries on environmental topics in Senegal. The film screenings will be accompanied by volunteer actions for the environment and environmental demonstrations.

'Dakar Vert' will invite prominent film experts, environmentalists & scientists, and cultural & business innovators to participate in multidisciplinary open discussions with the general public especially the youth to experience a beneficial exchange.

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Environmental film festival
June 5-6, 2015
Institut Français de Dakar
Official program

Environmental film festival
June 10, 2015
Goethe Institut Dakar
Official program


The Institut Français de Dakar Program

film festival strip

Friday, June 5

- 6:30 PM Conference with Professor Adams Tidjani: Recycling and Climate Changes

By Prof. Tidjani, Doctor of Nuclear Physics and Photochemistry of Polymers. He is the founder and editor of the journal "Vie", the first West Africa magazine dedicated to environmental issues. Tidjani is the founder of IMEM.

- 8:30 PM Tribute to Samba Félix Ndiaye: film screening

Le Trésor des Poubelles, Sénégal, 1989, documentary by Samba Félix Ndiaye,  1 hour 4 min

In Africa, small businesses survive as a resistance against the invasion of consumer goods. Treasures of Garbage details the steps in the manufacture of handicrafts from recycled materials. The film exposes both the destruction of the ecosystem in Senegal and celebrates the genius of these artisans for whom recycling is a vital necessity.

Samba Félix Ndiaye was born in Dakar on March 6, 1945 and died in the same city on November 6, 2009. He is a filmmaker and documentarist from Senegal, who has produced nearly 25 films, from the beginning of his career in the mid-1970s until his death. In addition to its national reputation, he is considered "the Father of African documentary".

Saturday, June 6

- 9:30 AM - 1 PM: Clean Up Actions in certain neighborhoods in Dakar (TBD)

- 10 AM: Short Films

  • Rainforest Fund, Brazil, 2014, by Eric Dettle, 3 min
  • Mahout: Changing Reigns, Thaïland, 2013, by Eric Dettle, 14 min
  • Hann, baie poubelle, Sénégal, 1999, by Fabacary Assymby Coly, 13 min
  • Mystic Solution, Sénégal, by Fabacary Assymby Coly
  • Mbeubeuss, la décharge de Dakar, Sénégal, 2007, by Simona Risi, 17 min

- 11 AM: Feature Film

  • Mbeubeuss, le terreau de l’espoir, Sénégal, 2014, drama by Nicolas Cissé, 1 hour 35 min
    Walking the tops of hills Mbeubeuss trash the mega dump in Dakar, Ramagélissa the poet recites his verses dedicated to the Earth, great victim of the madness of men. Suddenly a scream catches his attention. In a crate, he discovers an abandoned infant. He adopts the child, educates and passes on his love for nature. In this hostile and disturbing environment, the child gradually recreates a particular universe.

- 1 PM: Workshop

  • Workshop with Lasso (production) – Moussa Sène Absa, Fabacary Coly and Eric Dettle (realisation) – Alioune Mbow and Michel Tsagli (sound).

- 3 PM: Documentaries

  • Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage), Guinée, 2011, documentary by David Fedele, 43 min
    It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians.
  • E-Wasteland, Ghana, 2012, documentary by David Fedele, 20 min
    Have you ever wondered what happens to your electronics when you separate it? Nearly 50 million tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide each year. E-Wasteland profiles the unregulated recycling of electronic waste in Ghana.

- 6:30 PM: Feature Film

  • Yellowbird, Belgium/France, 2014, animation film by Christian de Vita, 1 hour 30 min
    Darius, the leader of a flock of birds, is wounded just before it is time for the birds to migrate to Africa. Information about how to lead the migration has to be passed to the first bird that encounters Darius. That is Yellowbird who is excited by the challenge but has very little life experience.


The Goethe Institut Dakar Program

film festival strip goetheWednesday, June 10

- 7 PM: Film Screening

  • The Land Between, 2014, produced, directed, filmed and edited by David Fedele, 78 min
    Followed by Q&A with introduction by Dakar Vert EFF. David Fedele will be present for Q&A!


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