Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2013
by Jeremy Teicher

From 9 years old
Fiction / Senegal - United States / 2012 / 1h22 / VOSTF
French Title : Grand comme le baobab
Production : Mala Bawer
Script : Jeremy Teicher et Alexi Pappas
Photography : Chris Collins
Editing : Sofi Marshall
Cast : Alpha Dia, Cheikh Dia, Dior Ka, Mboural Dia, Mouhamed Diallo et Oumul Ka
Promotion : Visit Films, Aida LiPera
International Sales : CyberSmart Learning Institute, Mala Bawe

Coumba is the first girl in her village to leave for the big city to study. But an accident occurs that will cast a shadow on her family’s survival. Coumba’s father decides to force Debo, Coumba’s younger sister, aged 11, to marry.
Torn between her village’s age-old traditions and her dreams of a better future, Coumba formulates a cunning plot to save her sister from her destiny.

The first time Jeremy Teicher met the students of the Senegalese village Sinthiou Mdabane was during the shooting of the documentary THIS IS US. He asked them about their projects for the future and filmed their everyday lives. Two years later, he goes back to shoot TALL AS THE BAOBOAB TREE with the same villagers, turned actors who became actors for the occasion.

Jeremy Teicher
After graduating with honours from Dartmouth College where he studied cinema, theatre and literature, Jeremy Teicher realised the documentary THIS IS US in 2010, a movie nominated at the Student Academy Awards. Supported by the Dartmouth College Dickey Center for International Understanding, amongst others, the movie premiere took place in Dakar’s American embassy. He also made FOUSQUARE DAY (2011), programmed at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival. Aged 23, he signed his first fiction feature film TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE in 2012.

Screenings
18/02 - 10h Fontenay-sous-Bois Cinéma Le Kosmos
18/02 - 14h Vitry-sur-Seine 3 Cinés Robespierre
19/02 - 9h30 Arcueil Espace municipal Jean Vilar
19/02 - 14h Créteil Cinéma La Lucarne
19/02 - 14h15 Champigny-sur-Marne Studio 66
21/02 - 14h Choisy-le- Roi Théâtre-Cinéma Paul Eluard
23/02 - 16h Arcueil Espace municipal Jean Vilar
25/02 - 9h30 Orly Centre Culturel Aragon-Triolet
26/02 - 14h15 Sucy-en-Brie Espace Jean-Marie Poirier

Contact
Visit Films, Aida LiPera : al chez visitfilms.com
CyberSmart Learning Institute, Mala Bawe : mala chez cybersmart.org

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