Django for an object lesson in humanity trumping "cool," ugly sleaze.) One thing we notice almost immediately: This African country seems caught between modernity (cell phones are all over the place) and tradition; the call of the "new and better" against the security (scarce as it may be) of home and the tried-and-true.
Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, above) turns out to be the best boat captain in town -- he mans the pirogue of the title and if he agrees to take a boatload of emigrants across the ocean to Spain, he'll be paid handsomely. If he refuses, little brother (nowhere near ready to captain a trip like this) will lead the voyage instead.
ArtMattan Productions, opens this Wednesday, January 23, in New York City at Film Forum. I hope other venues around the country will be forthcoming. Click here to see upcoming playdates as they happen.