SENEGAL-MALI-AFRICA-CINEMA / A campaign launched in Bamako to find the Carrosse d’Or of Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé – Senegalese press agency

SENEGAL-MALI-AFRICA-CINEMA / A campaign launched in Bamako to find the Carrosse d’Or of Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé – Senegalese press agency
SENEGAL-MALI-AFRICA-CINEMA / A campaign launched in Bamako to find the Carrosse d’Or of Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé – Senegalese press agency

Dakar, May 2 (APS) – Malian director Souleymane Cissé, victim of a theft, announced to APS that a campaign has been launched in Bamako to find the Carrosse d’Or that he received there ago one year during the 76e edition of the Film Festival () in ”recognition of his brilliant career”.

“A major campaign has been launched to find the Golden Coach and with everyone’s help we will get there Inshallah,” said the director, very saddened by this situation.

For him, this theft was perpetrated by “desperate people who get away with anything”. ”But we will find him with everyone’s help,” he confided.

Souleymane Cissé believes that it is not even a question of money, but ”the symbol” represented by this prize which celebrates the director of the film ”Yelen” (The Light), jury prize of the Cannes festival , in 1987.

The Malian Minister of Crafts, Culture, Hotel Industry and Tourism, Andogoly Guindo, speaking in a press release read on on ORTM1 (First channel of the of Radio and Television of Mali), called for ”the mobilization of all, public authorities and populations to help find this national treasure”.

Very affected by the news of the disappearance of this trophy which arouses “collective emotion and deep indignation among all Malians”, he assured the government of solidarity and support to Mr. Cissé in the face of this distressing ordeal, saying count on the collaboration of all.

The Carrosse d’Or was awarded to him by the French Association of Directors to reward a filmmaker for the pioneering qualities of his work and the audacity of his cinematographic vision.

”This is an important and deserved award. Cissé’s creativity [Souleymane Cissé] may have declined in recent years, but the award of the Golden Coach rightly celebrates a director who, for much of the 1970s and 1980s, was one of the most inventive filmmakers, not only in Africa, but throughout the world,” the promoters of this award declared at the award ceremony last year. They also hoped the award would encourage more moviegoers to discover his classic films.

Aged 84, the oldest Souleymane Cissé, who has a career spanning over 50 years, has directed numerous films including ”Baara” (Le travail) in 1978 and ”Finyé” (Le vent) in 1982, double Etalon d’or de Yennenga at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) and Tanit d’or at the film days of Carthage, Tunisia.

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