After living in Sweden for 30 years, Kandia, an African woman in her fifties, decides to move back home to Gambia. Although her son Ibbe is just about to make it as a hip-hop artist in Sweden, he decides to go along with his mother. But when they arrive, they soon find that Gambia is not what they expected it to be.
While We Live wins African Movie Academy Award
Dani Kouyaté’s While We Live, won best feature with Josette Bushell-Mingo and Adam Kanyama in leading roles, has received nominations in seven different categories at the 2017Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
Since its Swedish premiere last autumn, While We Live has been praised by international festival audiences around the world, including in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles. In February the film won the critic’s award at FESPACO, Africa’s largest film festival held in Burkina Faso, director Dani Kouyaté’s birthplace. A few weeks ago, the film went on to win Best Film at FESTICAB in Burundi.
It has been interesting to travel the world with this film. Many people are surprised that a film based around this theme comes from Sweden. The search for identity, however, is a universal theme – an individual’s intrinsic roots essentially have little to do with one’s birthplace, and are rather much more connected to the community in which those roots are nourished… Dani Kouyaté explained.
We are very pleased with and proud of all the nominations and praise this film have received. The fact that a Swedish film has made such a meaningful impact in Africa is absolutely fantastic. Dani set out to make a universal film, and based on the film’s reception, he has accomplished his goal… noted producers Maria Larsson Guerpillon and Julien Siri.