Milan, like Paris or Stuttgart, and like many other European cities, is the theater of the drama of immigration. Demba reconstructs his story and that of his brother Yaro, both Senegalese immigrants in Italy, in a long and fragmentary flashback that begins with Yaro’s murder and recounts their departure from the village, arrival in Europe, the work they find selling lighters and picking tomatoes in the south of Italy. —africultures
Born in El-Chelif ( Algeria) in 1949 – Algerian and Swiss nationality.
After attending IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Ecoles Cinématographiques) in Paris, he worked as a cameraman for Algerian TV (1970 – 1971). Between 1972 and 1986 he worked at Polivideo SA in Switzerland as a cameraman. After a period in the United States he began working in the theatre as a director of photography for opera, on productions directed by Luca Ronconi, Giuliano Montaldo and Werner Herzog among others.
In cinema, again as director of photography, he worked on the following films: Il ponte by Rinaldo Zambrano, Antigone by Grytsko Mascioni, L’oro nel camino by Nello Risi (nomination for photography at the Emmy Awards), Les guérisseurs by Sidiki Bakaba, Il giocatore invisibile by Sergio Genni, Au Nom du Christ and Adanggaman by Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Award for Best Photography at Fespaco 2001), Le dernier voyage by Jean-Marie Teno, Nocaut by Stefano Knuchel and Ivan Nurchis.
In 1997 he made… read more