Ecocinema in Senegalese documentary film | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1754-9221
  • E-ISSN: 1754-923X



In this article, I argue that the Senegalese cinema of the last two decades has embodied many aspects of today’s much-discussed ecocinema. It is particularly in documentary film that the ecological conundrum that Africa faces is revealed in the most subtle and compelling way. How does Global consumer culture affect the lives of African local artists and craftsmen in African cities? Samba Felix Ndiaye’s films Trésors des poubelles/The Treasures from the Trash (1989), and Ngor, l’esprit des lieux/Ngor, the Spirit of the Place (1994), provide an ecological focus on fast changing Dakar. These films address the social and economic effects of global consumerism from a unique perspective anchored in trash and its second life, as well as the spiritual resistance of small communities towards globalization. Ndiaye’s documentaries focus closely on the different economic and social processes of resistance to the spectral disappearance of the local culture.


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Keyword(s): arlit; ecocinema; ecological; Ndiaye; Ngor; Senegalese; trésors
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