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Président Dia

On 17 December 1962, Mamadou Dia, President of the Senegalese Council of Ministers, is arrested and together with four of his closest ministers sentenced to perpetual imprisonment. After having been inseparable and gone all the steps towards independence together,  Senghor now accuses Dia of having planned a coup against him. The following day the constitution is changed and the parliamentarian system de facto turns into a presidential system which allocates all powers to the president. In 2012, 50 years later, while the election campaign shakes the nation and democratic values are at stake, witnesses and protagonists of the 1962 crisis finally take a stand on these fundamental events in recent Senegalese history.

Production Details

Documentary, Senegal/France, 2012, 54 min
Written & Directed by Ousmane William Mbaye
Editing: Laurence Attali
Music: Amadou Doukouré
Picture and Sound: Ousmane William Mbaye, Stéphane de Trébonds, Jacques Pamart, Xavier Vauthrin
Mixing: Laurent Thomas
Calibration : Rémi Berge

Distribution Details

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


  • Golden Tanit - Carthage Film Festival, 2012
  • Audience Award & School Jury Award - Festival international film d'histoire de Pessac, 2012
  • Bronze Award (Documentary) - Fespaco, 2013
  • Best Short & Middle Length Film, First Francophone Cinema Trophy

Press Reviews

“Fascinating (…) a valuable analysis of Senegalese history and much more: an honest and sensible way to illuminate the past in order to understand the presence.” Oliver 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 bronze award (Documentary Section) 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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