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5th(2009)
Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love
Senegal, France, Egypt, USA | 2008 | 102min | 35mm | COLOR | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

Senegalese pop sensation Youssou N’Dour has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight as a world-renowned musician and the iconic representative “voice of Africa”. At the height of his career, Youssou became frustrated by the negative perception of his Muslim faith and composed Egypt, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam.
It was a critical and career-defining moment. N’Dour’s brave musical message was wholeheartedly embraced by Western audiences but ignited serious religious controversy in his homeland of Senegal.
Combining unprecedented images of Senegal’s most sacred Muslim practices, vibrant concert performances filmed around the world, and intimate access to N’Dour and his family, Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love chronicles the difficult journey Youssou must undertake to assume his true calling. Youssou N’Dour is a voice of hope and tolerance, a modern day moral and political leader whose message transcends music but remains grounded in the universality of faith.
Part explosive documentary, part stirring drama, Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love is an unforgettable musical journey with an artist whose courage and conviction shook the music industry and ultimately awakened the world. The film opens the door to a life filled with hope that began humbly, with a respect for his family’s storytelling tradition and the desire to share his joy of music, and rose to become one of [Time] magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. ​​​

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DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is a director and producer with Hungarian, Chinese, and Brazilian roots. She grew up between New York City and Rio de Janeiro and graduated from Princeton University in 2000 with a B.A. in comparative literature. A Normal Life, her documentary debut about young Kosovars who came of age during the recent war, won the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary award. She has received grants from several charitable foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers fund, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation. Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love is Chai’s first feature length documentary film.
Producer
: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Cast
: Youssou N’dour Fathy Salama Kabou Gueye Le Super Etoile de Dakar
Cinematography
: Nick Doob JoJo Pennebaker
Editor
: Jonathan Oppenheim Fernando Villena
Music
: James Newton Howard Martin Davich
Sound
: Tom Fleischman