Moussá Touré

Frances, Senegal, Germany 87 min Fiction


Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don’t all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.


Moussá Touré

Born in Senegal, in 1997 he directed TGV which became a success in Africa. By the turn of the century, Touré had shot over ten projects, spanning shorts, documentaries and features. In 2012, The Pirogue was premiered within the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival 

Filmography: La pirogue (2012), 5x5 (doc.) (2005), TGV (1998), Toubab Bi (1992).

Moussá Touré

Film information

Original Title: The Pirogue
Director: Moussá Touré
Script: Éric Névé, David Bouchet, basat en la novel·la “Mbëke mi”, d’Abasse Ndione
Contact: Memento Films
With: Souleymane Seye Ndiane, Laïty Fall, Malamine ‘Yalenguen’ Dramé, Balla Diarra
Country: Frances, Senegal, Germany
Year: 2012
Format: 35 mm
Length: 87 min
Language: French, Wolof
Subtitles: Catalan, English
Edition: 2013