Moussa Sene Absa

Moussa Sene Absa

Moussa Sene Absa


Moussa Sene Absa was born in 1958. From the age of 14 he was already fascinated by film. However, his creative career took him first into the theatre where he worked as an actor and then wrote and directed the play La légende de ruba. After studying film in Paris, in 1987 he worked as assistant to the legendary director Djibril Diop Mambéty. A year later he made his first short film Le prix du mensonge. Since then he has made more than a dozen features, documentaries and short films. His most important feature films have been shown in Cologne, for example at the festival in 1996 Ça twiste à Poponguine (Rocking Poponguine) about two gangs fighting about who rules supreme among the village youth. Two years on came Tableau ferraille, a portrait of the district in Dakar that Moussa Sene Absa hails from. In 2004 he made Madame Brouette, a woman without a husband who tries to make her way as a café owner in a patriarchal society. The film won the Silver Bear for the best film music at the Berlin Film Festival. With his latest documentary Yoole, Absa once again shows that he is a director who uses his filmmaking to denounce undesirable political developments.


Sangomaar (2015): Guest, Screenplay, Direction

Dix mille ans de cinéma (1991): Actor

Ça Twiste à Popenguine (1994): Editing, Screenplay, Direction

Tableau Ferraille (1996): Screenplay, Direction

L'extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette (2003): Producer, Screenplay, Direction

Yoole (2011): Camera, Direction