L’Afrance (Senegal: 2001)


Alain Gomis

Cast list

El Hadj Diop: Djolof Mbengue

Delphine Zingg: Myriam Bechet

Samir Guesmi: Khalid

Théophile Sowié: Demba

Bass Dhem: Chérif

Albert Mendy: Oumar

Their Ndiaye Doss: Le pére

Oumar N’Diaye: Papis

Joséphine Mboub: Awa

Seybani Sougou: Jean


Adaptation, Writing and Dialogue:

Xavier Christiaens

Alain Gomis

Pierre Schoeller

Nathalie Stragier

Marc Wels


Produced by :

Anne-Cécile Berthomeau - Producer

Erid Idriss Kanango – Executive Producer

Edouard Mauriat- Producer


Cinematography:Pierre Stoeber

Film Editing: Fabrice Rouaud

Casting: Philippe Martin

Production Design:Philippe Barthelémy



Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoIast31FOE

After the ex-French colony of Senegal became independent, El Hadj, a young Senegalese man came to Paris to study so that he can go back and support the growth of his homeland with his education. One day he is suddenly faced with a residency problem, El Hadj has filed an extension too late and is now facing deportation. His life is suddenly turned over when he has to make a choice between staying in France, where he has made friends and fallen in love, illegally, or returning to Senegal without graduating. This decision is not such a simple choice, and takes El Hadj on a journey of considering who he is and who he thought he could be, and wants to be. The first feature film by Alain Gomis is an a compelling emotional exploration of uprooting. Gomis said of the film “ Exile means distancing oneself: abroad you are confronted with yourself. Who are we and which of our thoughts can resist the obtrusiveness of the other world? Probably only that which is really our own essence.”


Collin, Dany. “[Critique De Film] L'Afrance Sur Le Passeur Critique.” Le Passeur Critique, Le Passeur Critique , 23 Apr. 2013, www.lepasseurcritique.com/critique-film/l-afrance.html.

Dawson , Tom. “Films - Review - L'Afrance.” BBC, BBC, 11 Nov. 2003, www.bbc.co.uk/films/2003/11/11/l_afrance_2003_review.shtml.

Balutet, Nicolas, Marzal B. Hernández, Alice Pantel, and Daniela Ricci. “Formes De L’hybridité Et Hybridité Des Formes Dans Les Films Des Diasporas D’afrique : L’afrance (alain Gomis, 2001) Et Juju Factory (balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 2007).” Babel. (2016): 225-246. Print.

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