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Baba's Journey

A Feature film by Christine Eymeric

Produced by Personnelle Production

Release in France : 01/11/1995

    Synopsis

    This is the story of a dream, everyone's childish but stirring dream of being the biggest, the most handsome, the strongest, the best. For Baba, a twenty-years-old Senegalese young man, it means becoming the king of football. In France, football can earn you a fortune ! This dream is shared by a whole continent. All young Africans dream of becoming football stars at some times. It's a powerful dream that hants Africa like a ghost that can never be banished. The dream of power and money, of TV sets, freezers and Mercedes. The dream of the Western civilisation.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Personnelle Production

    French distribution :

    Dimension sept

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Markus gieppner filmproduktion & vertrie

    Subject

    "I thought there was subject matter for a story but I was more interested in the dream than in the need for social advancement or the reality of football. I wanted to show how this unstoppable dream was built up. I wanted "Baba's Journey" to be a different kind of film, between documentary and fiction. That's why I decided to work with the inhabitants of the Guediawaye neighbourhood of Dakar (no professional actors) as the most realistic and apt way to tackle these characters. I came back to France to write "the sequel". We decided to have the story told by Baba's uncle, Sega, who comes back from the dead to stop his nephew doing the same thing he did, running after the illusion of the ball."
    (Christine Eymeric)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Denys Limon

    Screenwriters :

    Elisabeth D., Christine Eymeric

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Carrasco

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Vila

    Music Composers :

    Ray Lema, Xavier Eymeric

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Christine Eymeric

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Michel Humeau

    Production Manager :

    David Bensoussan

    Editor :

    Olivier Wlodarczyk

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French, African dialect

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1995

    French release :

    01/11/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.169

    Visa issue date :

    20/04/1995

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Mono