GAO, Resistance of a people

A documentary film by Kassim SANOGO
Duration : 54’


  • Synopsis
    In early 2012, northern Mali is occupied by various armed groups who want to secede from the rest of the country and impose Sharia law.

In Gao, the historic capital of the north, the resistance against the occupation is organized by groups of young people, who undertake to protect their families and liberate the city.


 

Biofilmography : Kassim Sanogo, 40 y.o.
After obtaining a Master 1 in Philosophy at the University (Flash) of Bamako, I have participated in a number of writing residencies and documentary filmmaking workshops with Africadoc. I received my Master 2 in documentary filmmaking at the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis (first film, « Ça vibre dans nos têtes« , Zaradoc 2009). In 2012, I participated in the Summer university of FEMIS Film school in Paris. I have a long work experience as a coordinator of the « Collectif Jeunes Talents » of UCECAO-Mali, chaired by Mr. Souleymane Cissé (Couleurs arc-en-ciel CIRTEF 2012). In March 2013, I received the « Coup de pouce » award with honorable mention at the 20th FIGRA Film Festival for the project Rescapés, resistance of a people. In 2015, my documentary film DONKO (Zaradoc, 2013) received a honorable mention at Africlap Film Festival. In 2015, I have enlisted in a fiction-writing course at ESAV Toulouse. In 2018, I finally achieved GAO, resistance of a people.


TECHNICAL ELEMENTS
Genre : documentary
Duration : 54’00
Screening format : DCP // FHD 16/9 – color / 5.1 & 2.0
Dialogues : Songhai, Bambara, French, Arabic
Subtitles : French, English, German

Written and directed by Kassim Sanogo (Mali)
Cinematography : Abdellah Coulibaly
Sound : Jean de Dieu Brou
Editing : Aurélie Jourdan
Original soundtrack : Grégoire Paultre
Traditional music : Yehia
Sound design : Sylvain Buffet – Beep & Bleep
Sound mix : Xavier Thibault – Sono Sapiens
Color correction : Alexandre Lelaure – LPM
Production in Gao : Abdoul Salam Hama
Production Mali : Soumaïla Diallo
Production France : Julien Fiorentino

« Coup de pouce » special mention, FIGRA 2013
« Brouillon d’un rêve », SCAM 2017
« Création musicale originale », SACEM 2018

Broadcasting Partners : ORTM (Mali), Lyon Capitale TV, Télé Bocal (France), EZEF (Germany), 2M TV (Morocco), Magic Cinema, Sahelien.com (Mali)

With the participation of Institut Français du Mali (IFM), MINUSMA (UN mission in Mali)

With the support of CNC, Procirep-Angoa, EED, DDC (Swiss Cooperation in Mali)

A documentary film produced by L’Echangeur (France) Premiers Films Productions (Mali)
in coproduction with Lyon Capitale TV & Télé Bocal


PROMOTION

Avant-premiere : 5th october 2018 in Quinzaine du Cinéma Francophone, Paris

Premiere in Bamako : 17th january 2019 in Magic Cinema Babemba, Bamako

Premiere in Gao : 7th february 2019 in Governorate of the city, Gao

Public screening and debate : 12th february 2019 in French Institute in Mali, Bamako


FESTIVALS 2019

25th FIGRA, Saint-Omer, France : French Premiere on 15th march 2019

8thLuxor African Film Festival, Egypt : African Premiere on 17th march 2019

35thVues d’Afrique Film Festival, Montreal, Canada : American Première, 7th april & 15th april 2019

17th Cinémas d’Afrique Festival , Angers, France : short films competition, 3rd april & 6th april 2019

« Timbuktu is back », HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin : public event, friday 5th april 2019 at 8.30pm

10th 5 Continents cinema Festival, Swiss/France : public screening, at cinema Voltaire, friday 24th may 5.30 pm

10th Rencontres Afriques en Docs, Lille : documentary selection, at cinema L’Univers, tuesday 28th may 7. pm

17th Afrika Film Festival Köln, Cologne, Germany : documentary selection, september 2019

21st Africajarc Festival, Cajarc France : documentary selection, july 2019

 


LINKS

Facebook of the film

Director’s Interview

Unifrance Short Film Gallery

Information website Sahelien à Gao

Le Quotidien (Dakar, Senegal) : micro ouvert

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