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Experience the Beat of a Movement in Rama Thiaw's 'The Revolution Won't Be Televised'

June 2, 2016

In her film The Revolution Won’t Be Televised director Rama Thiaw delves behind the scenes of Yen a Marre, a political revolution in Senegal during 2011 sparked by the Hip Hop group Keur Gui. “Yen a Marre,” translated as “We’re Fed Up,” was created in opposition to President Abdoulaye Wade. He initially rose to power promising liberation, but for many Senegalese this proved false as Wade's government instead continued a cycle of dictatorship and corruption. The camera becomes an embedded participant as Thiaw follows rappers Thiat and Killiefeu; painting a portrait of friends and allowing viewers the opportunity to feel the day-to-day beat of a revolution and its consequences. 

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Director: Rama Thiaw

Country: Senegal

Running Time: 110 minutes

Official Film Website

Aileen Imperial

Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 4-time Emmy winner for feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest. Find her on Twitter: @imperealize

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