SENEGAL/SICILY

a short documentary series about migration


Senegal/Sicily is a series of six short documentaries. Every short doc has the aim to tell a different point of view on the theme of migration between Senegal and Sicily. Those who leave have little, and sometimes wrong, information on the steps and obstacles that the journey entails.

Senegal/Sicily wants to create awareness in the people of Europe and America about thoughts, dreams and experiences of the migrants and of their relatives who remained in Senegal, the project also aims to bring to the young people of Tambacounda region, who are thinking of embarking on the journey, a sincere account of the risks of the journey and whats happening in Europe to the people who have arrived.

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ALPHA/AISADOU

The first documentary of the series is a dialogue between a mother, Aisadou, speaking from her village in the east part of Senegal, and her son Alpha in Sicily who has left home to find a better future. Aisadou lives in Sinthian, a village in the region of Tambacounda, one of the poorest in Senegal. This is where the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation built Thread, a community center and artists’ residence. Alpha lives in Mazzarino, a small town in the center of Sicily. Mother and son talk about their hopes and their regrets; Aisadou talks of the worries of every mother and Alpha about the hardships he has faced.

23’, color, stereo, 16:9
Language: Pulaar, French
Subtitles: English, French, Italian


preview presented at


Io Sono Persona

a collective exhibition curated by
Kitti Bolognesi, Giovanna Calvenzi, Marta Posani


Centro Internazionale di Fotografia
Palermo, Italia


selected for

Mon Super Kilomètre

Dak’Art 2018, Biennale of Dakar

Dakar, Senegal
6th May – 2nd June 2018

SAN BERILLO

San Berillo was the red-light district of Catania; during the 90s many Senegalese migrants found cheap housing there and started new lives in Italy. Migrants who arrived in the last few years also settled here, but they found a very different situation. There are too many newcomers in an increasingly xenophobic Europe, which is now going through its own economic crisis.
This short documentary shows the differences between migrants who came to Europe twenty years ago and the recent arrivals who often sleep in the streets and whose daily lives are filled with hardship


preview presented at

Mon Super Kilomètre

Dak’Art 2018, Biennale of Dakar

Dakar, Senegal
6th May – 2nd June 2018