SENEGAL-MEDIAS-CINEMA / RTS begins broadcasting a series of documentaries dedicated to emblematic figures of the country – Senegalese press agency

SENEGAL-MEDIAS-CINEMA / RTS begins broadcasting a series of documentaries dedicated to emblematic figures of the country – Senegalese press agency
SENEGAL-MEDIAS-CINEMA / RTS begins broadcasting a series of documentaries dedicated to emblematic figures of the country – Senegalese press agency

Dakar, June 19 (APS) – Senegalese Radio and Television (RTS) has started broadcasting a series of Senegalese films and documentaries dedicated to major political and historical figures of the country, to make a part of the history of the country better known. Senegal to the general public, we learned from the general director of public television, Pape Alé Niang.

“I have initiated a policy of opening our doors to all producers so that they can broadcast their films on RTS, which will make it possible to better promote these emblematic figures for a reappropriation of our history,” he said. he said in a telephone interview.

Senegal is full of major producers and has had significant film production since the advent of the Cinema and Audiovisual Industry Promotion Fund (Fopica), according to Mr. Niang.

He says he took this initiative to “make these films, part of our history, known, but also to make Senegalese producers and directors known”.

The CEO of RTS clarified that these are films “at the end of the season” which have completed their circuit in theaters and in festivals.

The documentary “Essamay: Bocandé, la Panthère” by Maky Madiba Sylla, produced in tribute to the late Senegalese footballer Jules François Bocandé, has already been broadcast on RTS.

The same is true of the film “Omar Blondin Diop, the rebel” by director Djeydi Djigo, broadcast last Sunday June 9, which returns to the death of this revolutionary in prison in Gorée, on May 11, 1973, during the reign of the president Léopold Senghor, in power from 1960 to December 1980.

Other documentary films such as “President Dia” and “Kemtiyu Seex Anta” by director Ousmane William Mbaye should be broadcast soon on RTS, as well as the documentary film “Valdiodio Ndiaye, a trial for history”, by the director French of Senegalese origin Amina Ndiaye Leclerc.

This documentary looks back on the 1963 trial following the political crisis of 1962 which marked the fall of the then President of the Government Council, Mamadou Dia.

Director Amina Ndiaye-Leclerc exhumes, through her film, part of the political history of post-independence Senegal to rehabilitate the memory of her father, Valdiodio Ndiaye.

The film entitled “Dansokho: Il chantait rouge” by Maky Madiba Sylla, which retraces, in large part, the journey and convictions of the late minister and secretary general of the Party for Independence and Labor (PIT) of Senegal, is also programmed by public television.

His documentary “El Maestro Laba Socé” retracing the journey of this atypical artist who enjoyed success wherever he went is also in the national television program schedule.

Pape Alé Niang also announced that discussions have been initiated with director Katy Léna Ndiaye for her film “Une histoire de FCFA”.

“The RTS is not looking for money in this affair, you see that there is no sponsor,” he insisted. ”I am calling all the directors and producers, I have discussed it with some, it is national television which is obliged to broadcast their films. They are personalities from our history who are often ignored.”

According to the general director of RTS, most directors should have RTS as their broadcaster to qualify for Fopica funding.

Pape Alé Niang, appointed CEO of RTS following the change of regime on March 24, says he wants to respond to a complaint from directors that he often heard when he hosted the show “Samedi Mag” on 2STV (private television).

“A noble act”, according to directors

“Showing Senegalese and African films on national television is a noble act. We are happy every time RTS broadcasts our films (…),” reacted Senegalese director Ousmane William Mbaye, contacted from Paris (France) where he is staying.

He confirmed that the CEO of RTS had contacted him. “He told me + RTS wants to broadcast the portraits of Senegalese leaders… +, he was very interested in the film + President Dia +. The RTS not having President Dia, I guaranteed to send him a broadcast file […]”.

Ousmane William Mbaye reported that RTS had acquired the rights to two broadcasts of the French version and the one subtitled in Wolof of “Kemtiyu Séex Anta…”, the film dedicated to the journey of the Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop and godfather of the University of Dakar.

“It only broadcast the film once,” he explained, adding that he thinks RTS does a good job of advertising the films. In addition, according to him, the public television trailers are well highlighted.

Maky Madiba Sylla also welcomes this “excellent news to see their works shown on national television”.

“This is what we always wanted. Every time we make films, they are seen abroad, but there is very little chance that they will be seen in Senegal,” said Maky Madiba Sylla, stressing that his film on “Laba Socé” was broadcast in 53 countries through the French encrypted television channel Canal +.

“Knowing that this film is going to be shown on national television in my country is a real joy, because the Senegalese will finally discover it, it’s a part of our musical history and it’s great to be able to share it with the public,” he rejoices.

He welcomes the approach of the new general director of RTS, Pape Alé Niang who, according to him, understood the importance that Senegalese works and directors have for the general public.

The director, however, suggests that there be education of the public about cinema, because the majority do not know what a cinema film or a documentary is.

He also proposed that the broadcast of the films be followed by discussion sessions in the form of a round table to better enlighten the small screen audience.

The DCI welcomes the will of the new DG of the RTS

The general director of cinematography, Germain Coly, welcomed the will of the new general director of RTS, which, according to him, resolves “a crucial problem” with the distribution of Senegalese film production.

Senegalese films, he said, “had difficulty being seen by the Senegalese even though they had an aura abroad”.

“I appreciate this initiative from the CEO of RTS which will make it possible to show the films financed since 2014 by Fopica, it is a huge production. Films at the end of their theatrical run will be targeted,” he specifies.

According to the DCI, which plays the role of facilitator between RTS and film rights holders, documentary films, short films and feature films will be broadcast by national television as part of this initiative.

“It’s a win-win partnership, we work together to show Senegalese productions,” said Germain Coly.

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