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Ousmane William Mbaye: Président Dia


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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.


  • 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.

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