Grad Film Alum Mamadou Dia Wins Two Golden Leopard Awards at Locarno

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019

Grad Film Alumnus Mamadou Dia

Grad Film Alumnus Mamadou Dia

Grad Film alumnus Mamadou Dia received two major awards at this year’s Locarno Film Festival: The Golden Leopard of Filmmakers of the Present and The Golden Leopard for Best First Feature. Locarno Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals and is a prestigious stage for art house films.

Mamadou won for his film, Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father), a story about two brothers fighting over their children’s wedding.  Tierno’s role as a father and his responsibility as a Sufi religious leader in rural Senegal struggle to find a balance. The film was shot in Mamadou’s hometown of Matam in Northern Senegal.  

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