The Malian Salah, who runs a flour­ishing tourist agency, is called a white man by his family, friends and wife. He denies this, but confirms that his modern ideas meet with opposition.
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.

Credits

Producer
Co-producer
Executive producer
Sound Design
Production company
Metropolisfilm
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Salah, een Afrikaanse toubab?
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 5 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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