TV5 Monde Afrique: Special Programming Event

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TV5Monde Afrique – the station for 12 Million in 48 countries – featured Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree) as part of a special programming event reaching French speaking audiences all over Africa.

Film impact: Millions of viewers around the world

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 TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE has been translated from the original Pulaar language into English, French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Czech, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Russian Portuguese, and more…Most recently the film has traveled to Lebanon, Sweden, Spain, Gerany, UK, India, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany and Kenya.

 

Impact: The real girls in our film

photo(4)Like their characters in the film, Dior and Oumoul are sisters, first-generation students, and have both had their futures shaped by marriage at a young age. Last week, Jeremy Teicher, the director,  returned to the village to visit them. Pictured left, Oumoul (Debo) was put into an arranged marriage and pulled out of school shortly after filming ended in August 2011 — however, she ran away from her husband-to-be’s family and insisted on continuing her education. She is still in school to this day.

Dior, right (Coumba), dropped out of high school during her senior year (just months after shooting) and got married to a man from Mbour IMG_6625(the nearby city). Her first baby came soon after. Dior’s parents were upset that she chose to get married before she finished her high school education. Life often brings unforeseen twists and turns –and often reality is stranger than fiction.

One sure thing is that the honesty and courage these two sisters brought to their roles in Tall as the Baobab Tree is now serving to educate and inspire countless girls around the world.

 

US Embassy hosts Tall as the Baobab Tree

The US EmCast.jpg_largebassy in Dakar hosted a screening of Tall as the Baobab Tree. Pictured (top) is the cast honored on stage. The reunion has been emotional and tomorrow we go to the village to spend more time with everyone.

Pictured (below) is how it all started over a year ago when Jeremy Teicher (director) premiered his documentary which inspired the feature length movie at the American Ambassador’s residence in Dakar. Grateful thanks to Dartmouth’s  Dickey Center For International Understanding Lombard Public Service Fellowship and a sponsorship from Kodak.

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New York Times : Tall as the Baobab Tree

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The New York Times  features Tall as the Baobab Tree in the Arts section. Or read it online!

“Conceived as a simple folk tale based on true events and using local, nonprofessional actors, “Tall as the Baobab Tree” — the festival’s closing-night selection — was directed by Jeremy Teicher, an American filmmaker working in the plain neorealist style of Satyajit Ray.”

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival NYC – IFC Center, London, Toronto, Amsterdam

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The closing night film is Tall as the Baobab Tree at the IFC Center in New York or at screenings in Toronto and London. The film intimately captures the emotions of the traditional and modern worlds colliding through the perspective of two young sisters in a rural African village. Through the film’s empathy, not pity, for the main characters and their story, we get a more personal understanding of the very challenging issues that countless young girls in the developing world must face.