DIRECTED BY JEREMY TEICHER
SATURDAY FEB. 22 / GRANADA / 2:00PM
(82min / E.O. Premiere)
In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage.
“An exquisitely performed and beautifully photographed drama that is a marvel to watch.”
– Keith Shiri, British Film Institute
Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city.
But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose.
The movie was shot on location in a rural Senegalese village without electricity and features local villagers playing roles that mirror their actual lives. It is the first international feature film in the colloquial Pulaar language.
Jeremy Teicher – Director, Co- Producer, Co-writer
Jeremy Teicher is a Student Academy Award-nominated director whose first feature film, TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE (2012), is garnering acclaim from festivals around the world. Tall as the Baobab Tree won the “Best Feature Narrative” award from the Doha-Giffoni jury at Doha-Tribeca Film Festival and was ranked in the top 20 out of over 170 feature films by audience vote at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE is inspired by Jeremy’s ground breaking documentary short, THIS IS US (2011), which was awarded a prestigious Lombard Public Service Fellowship, supported by Kodak, and earned Jeremy a nomination for a Student Academy Award.