I love this new movie about Youssou N’Dour, the amazing Senegalese musician. I love all the concert footage, and also love just looking at the streets of Dakar, the colors, the clothes, the faces, the gestures, the courtyards where households gather, the look on Youssou’s grandmother face, the street art, Youssou leaning to talk with his son at the mosque. I appreciate what I learn about the Sufi Islam of Senegal, about Youssou’s commitment to Africans working together and his “yes we can” message to all especially to youth. And I appreciate learning about these through a subtle approach instead of a talking head lecture.
So it makes me sad to see that most critics don’t also love the movie, but want it to be either a conventional documentary or a concert film. Also makes me said to see that so far it’s playing in so few theaters. I hope a wide audience is somehow able to see this film, and I hope most love it as I do.