Salah, een Afrikaanse toubab?

Margriet Jansen Long documentary - 2008 - 65 min.

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With a colleague, the Malian Salah Salahina Sounfountera runs a flourishing tourist agency that guides foreign visitors. Director Margriet Jansen films him while accompanying a group of German women, who all praise him. But his family, his friends and even his candid wife all call him a toubab, a white man, in interviews. Not on the outside, but within. 'He doesn't want our son to acquire an African character', his wife claims. Salah denies this, but confirms that he thinks differently about many issues: 'Africans should be more competitive.' Incorporating images of daily life, the cities and the sunny landscape, Jansen places the modern thinking Salah in the centre of the traditional Malian society. Despite the resistance, Salah keeps fighting for his rights, like when he furiously demands the water supply be restored: 'Imagine I would treat my customers like this!' Nevertheless, he cannot get round the fact that his family wants to see him pray.


Director(s) Margriet Jansen
Producer(s) Ton Wolswijk
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Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Cyrille Montulet
Sound Design
Sound on Set
Babbe de Thouars
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