Family man and expert seafarer Baye Laye (Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, in a powerful acting debut) is the captain of a pirogue — a brightly painted, wooden fishing vessel. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered the chance to lead one of the many pirogues that head to Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts, knowing the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men — and one stowaway woman — Baye Laye confronts many perils to reach the distant coast of Spain. DIR Moussa Touré; SCR/PROD Éric Névé; SCR David Bouchet, from the novel by Abasse Ndione; PROD Adrien Magne, Alexandra Swenden, Oumar Sy. France/Senegal/Germany, 2012, color, 87 min. In French, Wolof and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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