Black Dju

  • Black Dju
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1996
Format : Feature
Running time : 80 (in minutes)

From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it's a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. But it's not just the weather that's not welcoming, Dju also has to face overzealous immigration cops intent on filling deportation quotas and the noisy outrage of a hard-boozing police lieutenant (veteran actor Philippe Léotard). Dad's trail looks cold, until lieutenant decides to join in the hunt and to become Dju's partner in this tale of love and friendship.

With the exceptional participation of Cape Verdian singer Cesaria Evora as Dju's mother and Manu Dibango as himself.

starring Richard Courcet. Philippe Leotard, Patrice Flora-Praxo, Cesaria Evora, Adam Kouyaté, François Hadji-Lazaro, François Morel, Manu Dibango

Year: 1996
Form: FICTION - Feature film
Genre: Drama
Original version: French
Language: Portuguese & French with English subtitles
Running time: 80'

Director: Pol Cruchten
Script: Pol Cruchten, Frank Feitler
DOP: Daniel Barreau
Sound: Patrick Van Loo
Music: André Mergenthaler, Manu Dibango
Editor: Denis Vindvogel
Set decorations: Véronique Sacrez

SAMSA FILM (Luxembourg)

Saga Film (BE), Vermedia (PT), RTBF (BE)

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Film Fund Luxembourg

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Nominations & Awards
Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal
Festival de Figueira da Foz
Quinzaine du Cinéma francophone de Paris
Forum du Cinéma européen de Strasbourg
AFI Los Angeles
Festival de Palm Springs
Contemporary African Diaspora Film Festival (New York)
Festival Vues d'Afrique (Montréal)
Screened at Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn


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