Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for “Little Senegal” (2001, Algeria/France/Germany, directed by Rachid Bouchareb, 97 min.)
After years as a tour guide in the slave museum in Senegal, widower Alloune (Sotigui Kouyate) decides to search for his heritage in America to find out what became of ancestors who were taken away from his village 200 years before and sold as slaves to landowners in South Carolina. Documents suggest his ancestors were renamed Robinson and he ends up looking for relatives in New York City. In Little Senegal, a section of Harlem, Alloune searches for family and for an ideal vision of an African family. He soon discovers the tensions between the African and African-American communities, embodied by his nephew Hassan, a cab driver (Karim Koussein Traore), Hassan’s girlfriend Biram (Adja Diarra), an African with modern views on love and marriage and by Ida Robinson (Sharon Hope), an older woman faced with seeing her granddaughter destroyed by life on the street. Alloune tries hard to bridge the divide and create harmony, but there are no simple solutions