In a voice-over, we hear the thoughts of Amy, a girl from a rural area of Senegal who works as a domestic for a well-to-do family in Dakar. She complains about her employer, who continuously criticizes her and gets on her case, and she talks about her dream of one day opening her own eatery. Meanwhile, we see her sweep the pavement, prepare the food and clean the house. The contrast with her vast and barren native region is enormous. In Dakar, some 150,000 young women work as housekeepers for families whose daughters can go to school. "Why does the emancipation of some result in the servitude of others?" Amy wonders. The filmmakers interview other young maids who dream of going to school, and they film a woman who shouts her furious lyrics straight into the camera in rapper-like fashion: "I keep your houses squeaky clean, but you all think I'm dirty!" In a dramatized scene in a slum, the women demonstrate how they'd like to deal with a woman who doesn't pay her housekeeper enough. In response to the situation, the filmmakers make an appeal to change the rules of the world economy.
NOTE FROM THE DISTRIBUTORS
The Silent Monologue/Le Monologue de la Muette, co-directed with Charlie Van Damme, is a 45 minute visual and poetic analysis of the life of maids in Senegal reminiscent of Ousmane Sembene's classic "Black Girl."
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Born in Senegal in 1958, Moussa Toure began his career as an electrician and assistant director. He shot his first short film in 1987 and followed it up in 1991 with his first feature film, TOUBAB-BI, which received several awards internationally. In 1987, he founded his own production company, Les Films du Crocodile (Dakar). The company primarily financed his documentary work, which were lauded critically and received many awards. In 1997, he directed TGV with Makena Diop, Bernard Giraudeau and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, which became a success in Africa. By the turn of the century, Toure had shot over ten projects, spanning shorts, documentaries and features. In 2011 he was selected as President of the Jury for the Documentary section at the FESPACO (Panafrican Cinema Festival of Ouagadougou). His film LA PIROGUE was in the official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in the "Un Certain Regard" Section. He was selected as jury for the "Un Certain Regard" section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Khady Sylla (March 27, 1963 - October 8, 2013) was a Senegalese writer of two novels, short work, and film. Born in Dakar, she studied at the Ecole Normale Superieure where she became interested in a literary career. She later became one of a small number of African women film makers. "Solitude, withdrawal into oneself, the incommunicability that gnaws at you, the stranglehold must be released, freeing the voice to speak, and speak again about what hurts. In summary, this is essential to the work of the writer and cineaste Khady Sylla." African Women in Cinema
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