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Pikine Youth Graduate in Embassy-Supported Documentary Film Course

Public Affairs Officer Kristin Kane (left) chatting with one of the recipients (US Embassy photo)

Public Affairs Officer Kristin Kane (left) chatting with one of the recipients (US Embassy photo)

Cultural Specialist Sarah Diouf (right) discussing with two recipients (US Embassy photo)

Cultural Specialist Sarah Diouf (right) discussing with two recipients (US Embassy photo)

On March 11, Public Affairs Officer Kristin Kane and Cultural Specialist Sarah Diouf attended a screening of two documentary films that were the product of nearly three months of youth training in film production and graphic design an Embassy-sponsored project with Nomadic Wax (Brooklyn, NY). 

The event was another collaboration with the Hip Hop Akademy, located within the Cultural Center of Pikine, a popular suburb of Dakar.  An audience of 75 people from the Dakar area got to see the premier of the two films -- one on the creation of AfriCultUrban and what is has done to transform youth lives in Pikine; and the other, a feature on “North to South” immigration (Europeans and Americans in Senegal), each about 45 minutes long.  Just before the screenings, the graduates of the training program received certificates for their hard work:  They had pulled several all-nighters making final edits to their films including working the night of the 10th until 5am!

Nomadic Wax, which made the 2007 film "Democracy in Dakar" (2007), is known for its poignant films and reaching youth audiences.  The films, to be subtitled in French, will be available for viewing at the Embassy’s American Information Center (AIC) at the Public Affairs Section.  Congrats filmmakers!