AfricanBamba Human Rights Film Festival 2013 in Thiaroye, Senegal

Over 5000 people attended the festival with an audience by women, youth and the participation of the whole local community. This year the festival has truly become a very participative events made with the community, with endorsement of the elderly of Thiaroye and a very active involvement of women association. Youth groups have directly contributed to the festival as part of the organisation, volunteering and offering their creativity and resources. Media attention was very strong this year, with every day participation of journalist and some of major local radio and press to collect interviews, have direct
reportage on air and contribute to spread the message on human rights.

As the pre-festival screenings in the squares and streets of Thiaroye were very participated by the people of the community, we have extended the festival venues to include also some specific sites of Thiaroye, as Moussa Sy Terrain or Gessut Terrain, together with the Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac. This has increased involvement and participation and made the festival be felt even more as their own by the people of the community in Thiaroye, who directly contributed in realising the events every day. The people of the community – from the elderly of the community to the women association and the youth of the
banlieue – have participated to the festival therefore not as just audience or spectators but as active producers of an important event in their own community for human rights.

We have engaged strongly in making sure the film screenings were anticipated and followed by discussions on the themes to raise awareness and debate together on possible solutions, involving local and international organisations such as Marie Stopes International and UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), Association Andando Soxoli Sunu Gox ensemble pour le development de notre quartier pour la sensibilisation des jeunes filles du quartier, Daara des Talibès (coranic schools).

The festival was a very special opportunity for the community to receive free health checks, family planning consultations and vaccinations – thanks to the collaboration with Marie Stopes International and UNFPA (United National Population Fund), more than 500 women, girls and children have been treated by the nurses and doctors at the festival through a mobile medical unit which offered health checks, free vaccinations and consultations on family planning, early marriage and for the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Strong links and connections have started throughout this festival that we are now emerging as a new network of organisations, community associations and actors in Thiaroye that work together for raise awareness and create social change at the local level, in connection with global international partners. This year we have infact initiated local important partnerships and started important discussions on specific issues – such as health and emancipation of women and street
children – which we will develop together throughout the year to find ways towards change in the community. We will create together next festival edition to make it even more participative and effective for a positive impact on the community.

We have screened 6 feature fiction films, 9 short fiction films, 1 short doc film, 3 feature doc films – in total 19 films throughout december 2013  and january 2014. all films were highly participated by an audience of around 200-300 people each screening.






Mardì 14 Janvier 2014 – Ecole Serigne Saliou M’backe, Thiaroye

12.00 Conference de Presse
AfricanBamba Thiaroye Film Festival sur les Droits de l’Homme, 2° edition 2014

Jeudì 16 Janvier 2014 – Terrain Moussa Sy, Touba Thiaroye

Ouverture AfricanBamba Thiaroye Film Festival sur les Droits de l’Homme

9.00 – 16.30
AfricanBamba presente les themes sur les droits de l’homme 2014: mariages precose des jeunes filles et les enfants de la rue Talibès.

Special invitèe:

  • Association Andando Soxoli Sunu Gox ensemble pour le development de notre quartier pour la sensibilisation des jeunes filles du quartier.
  • Daara des Talibès
  • Marie Stopes International, dépistage et consultation gratuite pour la santè de la femme
    Projections des films toute la journèe.

17.00 – 20.00
Animation du quartier avec Dj set

20.00 – 21.30
Projection film GRAND COMME LE BAOBAB de Jeremy Teicher
Introduction sur le theme du mariages precose.

21.30 – 23.00
Introduction sur le theme des enfants de la rue Talibè

Vendredì 17 Janvier – Terrain Moussa Sy, Touba Thiaroye

10.00 – 13.00
dépistage et consultation gratuite pour la santè de la femme, avec Marie Stopes International

13.00 – 17.00
Pause pour la priere du vendredì

17.30 – 20.00
Special Theatre et Danse Ballet Silleba

20.00 – 22.00
Projection films:
LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL de Djibril Diop Mambety (45’)
HUNGRY GOD de Sukhada Gokhale-Bhonde (8’)
DEWENETI de Dyana Gaye (15’)
Introduction sur le theme des enfants de la rue Talibè

22.00 – 23.00
Projection films:
Films 4 Peace, une production de Puma.Creative
DIAY DIAP de Ismael Thiam (6’)
LIFE IN THE CITY de Abdoulaye Gaye (30’)
A suivre debate sur la migration et le reve d’Europe

Samedì 18 Janvier – Terrain Gestu, Thiaroye

16.00 – 18.00
Animation pour les enfants, accompagnèe d’une kermesse

18.00 – 20.00
Theatre avec le groupe Alcost

20.30 – 22.00
Projection film:
LITTLE SENEGAL de Rachid Bouchareb

22.00 – 23.00
Projection films:
Films 4 Peace, une production de Puma.Creative
I BRING WHAT I LOVE de Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, avec Youssou N’Dour

Dimanche 19 Janvier – Camp Thiaroye, Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac

10.00 – 13.00 Camp Thiaroye
Match de Football pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme

16.00 – 19.00 Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac
Basketball pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme

19.00 – 21.00 Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac
Animation Dj set

21.00 – 22.30 Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac
Projections films:

Films 4 Peace, une production de Puma.Creative
LA PIROGUE de Moussa Tourè

22.30 – 00.30 Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac
Special concert Hip Hop avec les groupes de la banlieue + special guest

23 – 26 Janvier 2014 – Lycee Thiaroye, Universitè Cheich Anta Diop de Dakar, Malika Plage

AfricanBamba Après Festival
Projection des films sur les Droits de l’Homme et debats sur le theme des mariages precose, les enfants de la rue et la migration.


AfricanBamba Human Rights Film Festival Project

AfricanBamba Human Rights Film & Arts Festival in Thiaroye, Senegal 3° edition took place from 12 to 16 November 2014 at the Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac and other venues in Thiaroye, in the banlieue of Dakar. The festival presented film screenings, debates, music and sport to focus on women and children human rights issues. The festival was organised by AfricanBamba in partnership with Movies that Matter, Netherlans Embassy in Dakar, ActionAid International, Human Rights Nights, Marie Stopes International and La Comune de Djiddah Thiaroye Kao.

AfricanBamba Human Rights Film and Arts Festival – first human rights film festival in Senegal – showcases human rights and social issues documentaries to raise awareness and inspire change. AfricanBamba Human Rights Film Festival uses films as a mean to address urgent social issues: primary goal is to engage youth and the community towards positive social change and empowerment by raising awareness on human rights through the support of films screenings.

AfricanBamba had successfully inaugurated its 1° edition in 2012 with a programme of film screening, music concerts, arts exhibitions, building up a very significant community event in Senegal to debate and raise awareness on social contemporary issues affecting young people, with a special focus on Migration. In 2013 the Festival has continued with a 2° edition focused on Youth and Women, introducing also community screenings in the streets of the banlieue and free health checks and vaccinations for women and children.

AfricanBamba Human Rights Film and Arts Festival final 3rd edition was in 2014, focused on Boolo – Community and Non Violence, with a strong programme of film and debates, music and theatre performance, sports for peace, and continuing free health checks, vaccinations and family planning for women and children.

The potential of youth in the world, and particularly of African youth in countries such as Senegal, is enourmous and unfortunately yet not at all exploited: energy, dreams and hopes are crashed under pressing poverty, lack of employment and huge unequalities in the world economic system. Gender is a main factor for development and opportunity in Senegal, and young women are unfortunately very often in severe conditions which do not allow them to emancipate and fulfill their potential. AfricanBamba itself aims to become a project where such energy could be channelled to allow for youth and women’s empowerment in the community.

Core programme of the festival are the screening of films focused on human rights. Trying to engage participation from the community, AfricanBamba uses films as a medium to start discussion on themes that require urgent attention in the banlieue – from youth unemployment to migration, from early marriage to women’s emancipation, from street children to education and non violence. Youth resistance and women’s empowerment are portrayed through films, to celebrate and learn from the efforts that youth and women are making in other parts of the world and in Africa, facing similar difficulties and challenges, hopefully provocking inspiration towards positive social change also at local level.


AfricanBamba Human Rights Film & Arts Festival – first festival in Senegal dedicated to human rights films – is becoming a very important opportunity for community building and for creating alliances and networks at local and global level which facilitate also throughout the year projects towards development, empowerment, education and for the voicing of the concerns of the community, whilst offering an opportunity to debate issues – such as for instance, migration, street children exploitation, flooding, youth unemployment, gender inequality or violence. These and others key urgent themes are addressed during the festival through different artistic modalities, for then been discussed formally and informally throughout the day

The festival is one key opportunity for us to communicate to our governors, to our people and to the world what are our dreams, our worries, how we would see a social just and peaceful world. The Festival provides us in fact with one the very few opportunities for the youth of the banlieue to be exposed to socially engaged cinema – feature films and documentaries from around the world – and is an important chance for the community to be actively involved in a participatory programme of direct engagement on human rights, where films can act as tools for advocacy and voicing concerns of the community. The festival would ideally become – year after year – a permanent space where socially oriented communication, voicing of concerns, sharing of experiences and information / awareness would be happening at the local level, whilst globally connected.

The festival have a significant impact on the community of Thiaroye. For the youth of Thiaroye the location of the festival in the banlieue rather than in Dakar or Goree means recognition in itself and increases the identity of the festival as a participative project rooted in the community. In Thiaroye, where is very rare the presence of NGOs or international organisations, the festival is in fact viewed as a new way for the community to engage, be recognised and express themselves on their urgent social issues.


annually from November to Januar- next 4th edition: 10th December 2015, 3-6 March 2016


AfricanBamba Festival hub is Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac, a community centre Central venue of the festival is Centre Culturelle Jacques Chirac, which is centrally located in Thiaroye and is renowned by the community, as it is a centre for youth engagement against drugs and abuse through sports. The venue will be set up with an open air screening space, a conference room, an outdoor performance stage and a bistrot cafè. The venue can host up to 400-500 people. The cinema screenings will happen in an area that is dedicated and that holds from 100 to 200 people. AfricanBamba Festival organises screening also in the banlieue neighbourhood,   in the streets and main squares of Thiaroye and the last after festival screening on the Malika beach.


  • to raise awareness on human rights and social contemporary issues, using films as key tools to start debates
  • to strenghten community building and create alliances at local and global level, for advocacy and social change
  • to create spaces for participation and representation of the concerns of the community


  • young people of Thiaroye
  • women and children (specific screenings and projects designed for involvement)
  • local community (for raising awareness projects on social issues and human rights and
  • the environment)


AfricanBamba Human Rights Film & Arts Festival features 5 full days of film screenings and 3 debates dedicated to the issues of human rights. In anticipation to the festival we organise 5 film community screenings in the banlieue neighborhood, schools and the university to promote the festival and start to engage the audience. We will also organise one final screening event on the beach of Malika. Alongside a few collateral events will be organised: an opening concert of traditional

Senegalese music, 1 theatre performance, 1 closing sport event.

3 debates on the main themes of the festival are organised during the festival by AfricanBamba in partnership with international NGOs, local association and the participation of local authorities and human rights activists to debate within the community of the issues that are more urgent for the people. In 2012 the theme was Migration, in 2013 the themes were Youth and Women, in 2014 the theme were Boolo – Community and Non Violence.