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Mère-Bi (My Mother)

In this award winning documentary director Ousmane William Mbaye portrays his mother, Annette Mbaye d’Erneville, the first academically trained Senegalese female journalist. At once activist, artist and non-conformist thinker she already fought for the emancipation of Senegalese women at the time of independence and considerably shaped the Senegal'spublic life through her columns and her personality. Mbaye filmed his mother during 14 years on every occasion so that after a while even she didn’t notice the camera anymore. The result is not only a declaration of love from a son to his mother but also an intimate portrait of the today 87 year old lady who lost no inch of her vitality, her self-mocking humor and her non-conformist self-esteem.

Production Details

Documentary, Senegal/France, 2008, 54 min
Written & Directed by Ousmane William Mbaye
Editing: Laurence Attali

Distribution Details

Distribution: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Documentary, 54 min., 2012
Format: DCP, DVD
Language: French with English or German Subtitles
Posters & Pictures: can be sent digitally

Press Reviews

“The example Annette Mbaye d’Erneville illustrates the zeitgeist and philosophical basis of independence, the stance of an entire generation and especially of women who fought on all fronts.” Olivier Barlet, Africultures

Director: Ousmane William Mbaye

Born 1952 in Paris, Oumane William Mbaye grows up in Djourbel and studies film in Paris at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français and at the Université de Paris VIII Vincennes. His takes his first steps in cinema as an assistant to Senegalese filmmakers Ben Diogaye Beye (“Les princes noirs de Saint-Germain-des-Prés") and Ousmane Sembene ("Ceddo"). His first short film “L’enfant de Ngatch” (1979) is awarded the Bronze Tanit at the Carthage International Festival. Besides numerous cooperation projects with his friends Samba Félix N'Diaye, Amet Diallo, Joseph Ramaka, Cheikh Ngaïdo Bâ, Pierre Yaméogo and Moussa Bathily, he continues to make his own movies: "Pain sec" (1981), "Dakar Clando" (1989), "Dial Diali et Fresque" (1992), "Xalima la plume" (2003), "Fer et Verre" (2005) and "Mère-Bi" (2008). A committed filmmaker, he coordinates the famous Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar (RECIDAK) between 1990-1997. His latest film "President Dia" in 2012 received, among other awards, the golden Tanit at the Carthage Festival and the best documentary Award at FESPACO.

Editor & Producer: Laurence Attali

Laurence Attali studies philosophy and film at the Sorbonne University in Paris, but quickly turns to film editing and works as chief editor for film and television. At the same time, she teaches her craft at the National Audiovisual Institute in France as well as in other parts of the world. She starts directing in 1991 with the series "La petite minute de bonheur". Sent to Senegal for an expert mission in 1993, she returns there to direct her first documentary "Mourtala Diop voyageur de l'art". Here begins an incessant back and forth between Paris and Dakar from where she carries out most of her films:  "Sénégalais Sénégalaise"(1994) "Regarde Amet" (1995) "Petit Pays" (1997) "Moustapha Dimé" (1999), The Trilogy of Love: "Même le vent", Baobab", "Le Déchaussé" (1999-2003, "Le temps d'un film"(2007). Since 2000, she has edited and produced all of Ousmane William Mbaye's documentaries. Living in Dakar, she obtains Senegalese nationality in 2004.

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