Arte broadcasts Vincent Meessen’s new film Quelle que soit la longueur de la nuit, the second instalment of this project of a feature length “film in progress of making itself”
The film traces the life of Senegalese militant Omar Blondin Diop, opponent of President Léopold Sédar Senghor, while summoning the work of Jean-Luc Godard. Expelled from France for “subversive activities” after May ’68, Blondin Diop joined the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa (IFAN) in Dakar, and challenged Senegal’s leader with his egalitarian and anti-colonialist speeches. Diop died in custody, hanged in his cell on May 11, 1973, at the age of just 26. His death, which his relatives denounced as a political assassination, caused a wave of outrage to rip through the country.
Watch on Arte.tv
2020, 78 min
Language: French, Wolof, Mandarin. Subtitles in English, German, French, Polish, Italian