Return to Goree

2008

Senegalese singer and percussionist Youssou N'Dour travels through Atlanta, New Orleans, and New York, collecting African-American musicians to accompany him to the Senegalese island that was a center of the Atlantic slave trade for three centuries. This rambling video documentary highlights his mission to blend contemporary African music with American gospel, blues, and jazz, and though New York jazz vocalist Pyeng Threadgill shares her travel diary, most of the other, older performers are more guarded. Director Pierre-Yves Borgeaud chooses to end the video with only one song from the climactic concert, which is disappointing after such a long journey. In English and subtitled French, Arabic, and Wolof. 108 min.

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Official Site: www.retouragoree.com

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud

Writer: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud and Emmanuel G├ętaz

Producer: Jean-Louis Porchet

Cast: Youssou N'Dour

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