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drumming bodies dancing


Screening in MBour, Senegal, the principal filming location

Wednesday May 29th, 8pm GMT, preceded by a sabar starting at 6.30pm

filmmaker and drummer will be attending via zoom 

RIFF Festival

Details: TBA


Thursday June 6th, 12pm EST

Piton International Film Festival

Through May 26

The International Black & Diversity Film Festival!

Friday, May 17th, 6pm

UC Riverside Doundounba Festival 2024

900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521

Sunday, January 28th 2024, 5pm

KAOS Network
4343 Leimert Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA 90008

Saturday, September 2nd 2023, 11am


4884 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041

Life tossed me to far flung places when I was a young Swiss student. I landed in Senegal as a tourguide the first year the country opened to tourism. Towards the end of my stay I caught a glimpse of a sabar dancer and drummer at the beach. It electrified me. I felt compelled to return to see it again.

This film is my exploration of the sabar dance and drum culture and the joyful community it creates, made with my Senegalese friends.

Producer Senegal Laye Diedhiou


Abdoulaye Diedhiou lives in M’Bour, Senegal. Producer of audiovisual projects and director of, a website focused on tourisme. He is also the manager of the group “Xalaas”, traditional sabar dancers and drummers, based in Senegal.


Photo: Laye in front of a historic canon used during the slave trade on the Island of Goré near Dakar, now the site of the House of Slaves

Featuring Mané Ndiaye, Pape Ndiaye, Babacar Top. 

Editor Bill Flicker.

Music by Seckou Keita and Omar Sosa.

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This is the intimate and urgent story of a family 

that must come together to steward their 

ancestral home in the majestic Swiss Alps in the 

face of urbanization and climate change. The 

film follows owners, farmers and neighbors, 

all with deep ties to this open wild that asks for 


My father, a country doctor in Switzerland, reflects on his relationships with dying patients, his mother and life after death. He tells the story of his identification with Isaac and the death of my sister.

A Legacy

A Legacy

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