Quitte le Pouvoir (Outspoken)
A documentary film with animations (56 min.) by Aida Grovestins (film director) and Machteld Aardse (artist animator) on the power of grassroots resistance during the presidential elections in Senegal, West Africa in 2012. How a group of rappers become the guardians of their democracy.
The ruling president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade (86), is trying to remain in power for a third term in violation of the Constitution, and starts grooming his son as his successor. A movement of young rappers, Y’en a Marre ("We are fed up") mobilizes the people through their raps, onto the streets in protest against Wade's candidature. In the political turmoil that arises, both the rappers and the political opposition are confronted with the power manipulations of president Wade. How do the rappers adjust their strategies to these manipulations? Drawn animations and raps give a layer of commentary.
Supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Webster University Leiden / St.Louis USA, and more.
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Makers: Aida Grovestins (film director) & Machteld Aardse (artist animator)
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