Griot

Directed by Volker Goetze

DIRECTOR

Volker Goetze

COUNTRY

Senegal, USA, France, Germany

RUNNING TIME

82 mins

YEAR

2011

LANGUAGE

Mandinka, French, English, Wolof with English subtitles

ABOUT THE FILM

The griot is a fixture of Senegalese life. Part family historian, part community diplomat, they record the past in a mix of songs and words. Griot explores the life of legendary Senegalese musician and community leader Ablaye Cissoko. With outstanding music, cinematography that brings to life the vibrant colours of West Africa and the splendours of its natural life, and almost hallucinatory animation, Griot melds dazzling visuals and haunting songs to serve up a feast for the senses. A stunningly beautiful documentary, Griot uncovers the beauty of West Africa’s traditional past and explores changes that could change this culture forever.

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