Senegalese director Moussa Touré offers an unvarnished glimpse into a common but often deadly immigrant journey, taking us on a perilous sea voyage with 30 West African immigrants heading for Spain. In the titular wooden boat, a mix of tribes and nationalities cohabit, but tensions run high under stressful conditions, and their success is anything but guaranteed. —SFIFF
Moussa Touré was born in Dakar, Senegal. He entered the film industry as an electrician, then became assistant director and finally directed his own short, “Baram,” in 1987. His first feature, “Toubab Bi,” made in 1991, was honored with awards at numerous film festivals.
In 1997 he directs “TGV” which is the real popular success in Africa and won the Special Jury Prize at the Namur Festival and the Audience Award at the 1998 Mannheim Festival.
Both actor, technician and director, Moussa Touré played in many films. He has directed so far, a dozen of films, taking all genres together, such as noticed documentaries. He is heading his own production company, “Les films du crocodile” in Dakar. The Senegalese film – maker has initiated the “Moussa invite” festival in Rufisque in Dakar. This festival promotes African documentaries directed by Africans. He is the President of the Documentary Film Jury at FESPACO 2011. —africultures
The sheer ordinariness of the journey could be a strength or a weakness. It highlights that this odyssey, harrowing and dangerous as it is, is unexceptional for the people undertaking it. On the other hand, we're never very invested in any of the people so we don't much feel their suffering or loss.
An ambitious and highly topical film detailing a mixed group of Africans and their attempt to cross into Europe on a fishing boat in search of a better life. It's an engaging watch that suffers a little in terms of predictability and character depth but would be great to see on mainstream Australian television. 3 stars