Little Senegal


1h 37m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Alloune worked in the History of Slavery Museum on the island of Goree, Senegal for more than 30 years. Not long retired, this 65-year-old widower decides to go on a trip to the USA to try and trace his ancestors who were sold as slaves to the New World more than 200 years ago. Alloune's nephew, Has

Film Details

Release Date
2001
Production Company
France 2 Cinéma; Le Studio Canal Plus; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Tf1 International
Distribution Company
Alamode Film
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

Synopsis

Alloune worked in the History of Slavery Museum on the island of Goree, Senegal for more than 30 years. Not long retired, this 65-year-old widower decides to go on a trip to the USA to try and trace his ancestors who were sold as slaves to the New World more than 200 years ago. Alloune's nephew, Hassan, lives in "Little Senegal", a Senegalese community that has settled in West Harlem. Alloune soon learns that, in Harlem, all black people are by no means the same, but he refuses to feel discouraged. After a lengthy search Alloune tracks down a 'cousin' named Ida Robinson who owns a newspaper stall on a street corner. Quickly learning how embittered his distant relative seems to be, Alloune decides not to tell her of his reasons for coming to America. A misunderstanding, however, leads Ida to offer him a job. In this way, Alloune launches himself into Ida's life and, as he gradually gains a better picture of her circumstances, Ida herself begins to thaw...

Film Details

Release Date
2001
Production Company
France 2 Cinéma; Le Studio Canal Plus; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Tf1 International
Distribution Company
Alamode Film
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 37m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States February 2001

Released in United States November 2001

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 7-18, 2001.

Completed shooting May 1, 2000.

Began shooting March 1, 2000.

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 19 - November 11, 2001.)

Released in United States February 2001 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 7-18, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at AFI Fest 2001: The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (European Showcase) November 1-11, 2001.)