A journey to the heart of Mali’s broken peace process

A documentary film written and directed by Ousmane Samassekou

  • Synopsis

Following the occupation of northern Mali by armed groups in 2012, various foreign forces tried to put an end to the violence: a peace agreement was signed. But reconciliation on the ground hasn’t happened, tensions between communities have worsened, and it is the center of the country that is burning today.

Sory, a young Malian journalist, undertakes to visit his fisherman uncle in Kouakourou, a Bozo village located on the banks of the Niger River near Mopti.

THE FORGOTTEN ONES (working title) is a journey to the heart of a country adrift, in search of people, words and writings that can reconcile.

  • Biofilmography : Ousmane Zoromé Samassekou, 30 y.o.

Trained at the Conservatory of Arts in Bamako and the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis in Senegal, Ousmane won the 2011 Best Film award with Caski Nafa at the Ciné Ados festival. He has since worked at DS Production in Bamako. In 2014, he is the prize-winner of the writing training of the French Institute of Mali. In 2015, he won the Best Screenplay award at Clap Ivoire for his short film A confession.

In 2016, he directed his first documentary film Les Héritiers de la colline produced by Label Vidéo (France) and DS Production (Mali). In 2018, he participated as a producer at the Fabrique des cinemas du monde in Cannes.

He also engages with SAHELIEN (Mali), a news information website in the Sahel, as writer and director of THE FORGOTTEN ONES, on the crisis in central Mali, co-produced with L’ECHANGEUR (France) from 2019.


Genre : documentary
Duration : around 60’
Phase : editing in progress (rough cut version may 2019)
Shooting format : FHD 16/9 color – sound 2.0 / 5.1
Dialogues : bambara, french, pular, bozo, tamasheq
Subtitles : french, english, arabic

Direction & photography : Ousmane Samassekou
Production Mali : Abdul Salam Hama
Production France : Julien Fiorentino

Looking for : postproduction funding & TV broadcasters

Rough cut available on demand (35′, May 2019)

A documentary film produced by (Mali) & L’Echangeur (France)
with the support of Open Society Initiative for West Africa & UN Mission in Mali

Contact production France :
134, rue Saint Maur
75011 Paris – France