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While 1960 marked the end of colonial empires on the continent, the CFA franc, the currency introduced by the French colonial system, remains in circulation in a dozen African countries and is linked to the French Treasury to this day. This French colonial legacy shapes the daily lives of millions of people. L'ARGENT, LA LIBERTÉ, UNE HISTOIRE DU FRANC CFA starts with a coin, a banknote, an everyday object, as a starting point for understanding its history and its consequences today. Katy Léna Ndiaye questions a collective history and inequality on the African continent, and urges a rethink of the past in order to rebuild the future.


With director Katy Léna Ndiaye in attendance

L'ARGENT, LA LIBERTÉ, UNE HISTOIRE DE FRANC CFA Direction: Katy Lena Ndiaye, DCP, OmeU, 100 min


Katy Lena Ndiaye

Documentary filmmaker Katy Lena Ndiaye lives between Dakar and Brussels. Her films portray contemporary Africa, the relationship it has with history, memory and legacies. Her previous documentaries TIME IS ON OUR SIDE (2019) AWAITING FOR MEN (2007) TRACES WOMEN IMPRINTS (2003) have been screened in numerous festivals and museums e.g. the Metropolitan Museum of New York or the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. Since 2019, Katy Lena has dedicated herself exclusively to IndigoMood films, a company founded in 2013 and based in Senegal. IndigoMood films is a new challenge and a continuation to Katy Lena pathway, accompanying new voices on cinema, exploring new narratives. Pushing also further her desire for cinema.