The dream chasers


Back in Gandiol, his hometown in Senegal, after eight years as a migrant in Spain, Mamadou seeks to be a positive force for his community. With help from his wife Laura and ubder the benevolent eye of Yaaye Khadi, Mamadou’s mother, he begins to build and share with his community the « active utopia » referred to in the book Mamadou wrote during his journey. The film takes us to a journey with Mamadou in his quest, to try to uncover his dream.


Saliou Waa Guendoum SARR is a writer, composer and stage director whose nectar contributes to the universality of language, culture and representations. He believes that art can bring change and that cinema can help rebuild the way Africans see themselves. He directed Masque démasque in 2008, and Coup de filet en 2011 and Life saaraba illegal in 2016.




Professionals of the film and audio-visual industry are informed that, as part of the 29th Edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, taking place from 22 February to 1st March 2025, entries for the second edition of YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION are on from 5 April to 31 October 2024.

YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION is an initiative by the Management of FESPACO to promote fiction feature film projects in search of financial partnerships. The main purpose of this key mechanism is to foster and support African and Diaspora film co-productions in order to promote such films internationally while boosting the emergence of film talents across the African continent.

This edition of YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION is open to all filmmakers from Africa and Diaspora.

Project admission requirements:

  • not to have been at a previous edition of YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION;
  • the call is open to fiction feature film projects in the process of production;
  • projects must be by an author/director and /or producer from an African country or Diaspora;
  • shooting must not have started.

Application package:

Applicants to YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION Workshop must provide:

  • a logline;
  • a synopsis;
  • a treatment (10 to 15 pages);
  • a script of the project;
  • a photo of the director, (JPEG 300 dpi format);
  • photos and a visual of the film (portrait and landscape, JPEG 300 dpi format);
  • a note of intent of the director;
  • a bio-filmography of the director;
  • a bio-filmography of the producer;
  • an author’s contract with the production company;
  • a presentation of the production company;
  • a note of intent of the producer;
  • a letter of motivation specifying producer’s needs and expectations;
  • total budget of the film.

Deadline for submission of applications for YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION is 31 October 2024 at 23h 59mn the latest via the platform by clicking here and implies full acceptance of the participation conditions and Regulation of the 2nd edition of YENNENGA CO-PRODUCTION.

NB: Only complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.



Geoffrey, 35, an introverted English teacher has just been released from prison after 7 years for killing his pregnant girlfriend. He has to restart his life in Shimoni, a sleepy village in rural Kenya, a place he loathes. There he stays with a rigid local Catholic priest, who is happy to take on this sinner. One Sunday after Mass, Geoffrey encounters BABA KARE, 50. On seeing the man, Geoffrey pees his pants and in a moment of rage kills one of the Priest’s calves. Days later he meets BEATRICE, 19, a cheeky village girl, who instantly falls for him and decides to pursue him. KIMANTHI, 40, Geoffrey’s brother visits, their father is dead and Geoffrey is prohibited from attending the funeral. Geoffrey destroyed, attacks his brother and during this altercation it comes out that Baba Kare sexually abused both men when they were boys, in this village. Geoffrey must get his revenge on Baba Kare. He starts to tutor his daughter as a way to get closer to him. But something unexpected happens when he starts to get close to his abuser.