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Dakan

A Feature film by Mohamed Camara

Produced by Les Films du 20ème

Release in France : 07/07/1999

    Synopsis

    In Africa, Dakan means destiny. In a large town in Africa, two twenty year-old men, Manga and Sory, love each other passionately. Their families are confronted with their relationship and the gossip it causes. And Manga and Sory are faced with the choice between their love for their parents and confronting a society paralyzed by its rules and taboos. Encountering only incomprehension and rejection, the two lovers try desperately to conform.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du 20ème

    French distribution :

    M.F.D.

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wide

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Dakan is a film about the love between two young men, in which I tried to show that, beyond our differences, universal values such as love unite us. Gay or not, who would mess around with someone else's butt if it wasn't for love! We all talk about love, we all want to be loved. Yet so many of us, despite our own longing for love, condemn men who love each other, who dare to express their true feelings. We forget that specifically human sentiment, love, whenever we ourselves are not involved – the societies we have created are pitiless. They decide what we must be, not us. That's why they have a problem with homosexuality: they forget it's love. In this film, I tried to show these contradictions and see who they profited. And also to say that that there will always be love no matter what barriers society erects. For me, the film was a way of paying tribute to all those who love each other and express it as they wish. It's such a wonderful thing to love and be loved!

    Mohamed Camara – Director

    Photos (2)

    Full credits (6)

    Executive Producer :

    René Féret

    Director of Photography :

    Gilberto Azevedo

    Editor :

    Dos Santos

    Screenwriter :

    Mohamed Camara

    Sound recordists :

    Christine Charpail, Dominique Hennequin

    Music Composers :

    Elhadj Sory, Kandia Kouyate

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    1997

    French release :

    07/07/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    90.142

    Visa issue date :

    02/07/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)

    Selection

    Official Competition