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Dakan (Illumination)

Dakan (Illumination)

A Feature film by Mohamed Camara

Produced by Les Films du 20ème

Release in France : 07/07/1999


    "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)

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    Les Films du 20ème

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    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

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    René Féret

    Screenwriter :

    Mohamed Camara

    Sound recordist :

    Christine Charpail

    Editor :

    Dos Santos

    Music Composers :

    Elhadj Sory, Kandia Kouyate

    Location Manager :

    Jérôme Rafalowicz

    Assistant Director :

    Jean-Louis Bouchaud

    Director of Photography :

    Gilberto Azevedo

    Production Manager :

    Pascal Lahmani

    Continuity supervisor :

    Isabelle Ribis

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)


    Official Selection