by Pedro F. Neto, Ricardo Falcão, Portugal, 2021, 84’
Mbaye Sow transports goods from Portugal to Senegal and back, with an old and overloaded station wagon: a 4000 km trip on dusty roads, among gas stations and checkpoints. While loading his goods on his car and roof, we hear voice messages by people who place orders, from quilts ans flasks to branded boxer shorts. This documentary portraits the life of an international hawker, who commutes between two countries tied by a colonial past. On the road Mbaye calls home to talk with his son, who doesn’t do homework, and his sick wife. As soon as Mbaye comes back home, his phone begins to ring again and he gets ready for the next trip.
Watch the trailer:
Live screening: Thursday, Oct. 19, Cinema Teatro Baretti, 7.30 p.m.
Introduced and commented by: Pedro F. Neto (director) and Paolo Gaibazzi (University of Bologna)