Danser l'espoir : portrait de Germaine Acogny

Canada | 2016 | 43 min
Cinematography: Geneviève Perron
Distribution: Esperamos Films
Editing: Martin Morissette
Music: Alain Auger
Producer: Hugo Latulippe, Vali Fugulin
Sound: Sylvain Vary
Production: Esperamos Films
Categories :
FIFA Competition


Presented in partnership with ICI ARTV and Danse Danse

The birth of contemporary dance in Africa is due in no small part to Germaine Acogny. In this documentary by Canadian directors Vali Fugulin and Martin Morissette, she looks back, at the age of 70, at the milestones in her career, her work with Maurice Béjart and in particular with the École des Sables in Senegal. A training and creation centre nestled in the wilderness, the site has become a mecca for young dancers from all over Africa. Acogny is thus pursuing her dream of bringing together an entire generation of young dancers, all devoted to developing contemporary dance. With backgrounds in street dancing or hip-hop, traditional or contemporary dance, they develop their skills under the watchful eye of Germaine Acogny. In addition to the rigorous techniques, she instructs them how to never lose hope.


Vali Fugulin

Vali Fugulin has worked as a filmmaker in Montreal for the last fifteen years, directing numerous documentary series and web documentaries. In collaboration with the National Film Board, she created the innovative video game J’aime les patates (2015) and co-directed the web documentary Toi, moi et la Charte (2014), both of which earned NUMIX awards.
Filmography | Justice (2016) ; Interrupt This Program (villes résilientes) (2015-2016) ; Toi, moi et la charte (2014) ; Le théâtre des opérations (2013) ; Code barre (2012) ; Naufragés des villes (2011) ; Zed in Tokyo (2009) ; Tupperware : recettes pour le succès (2006) ; S'envoyer en l'air (2004) ; Les laboratoires Crête (2003).

Martin Morissette

Martin Morissette has worked as an editor-director in Montreal for some twenty years, primarily in documentaries, TV news magazines and independent video.
Filmography | First film.

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Screenings playing this movie

Cinémathèque québécoise - Salle principale
Screening # 55
Presented by ICI ARTV + Danse Danse
Pointe-à-Callière, cité d’archéologie et d’histoire de Montréal
Screening # 77
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