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Tall as the Baobab Tree (Grand comme le baobab)

Contemporary World Cinema

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Jeremy Teicher / Feature Narrative / Senegal, United States of America / 2012 / 82 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Pulaar / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Coming of Age, Drama, Social Issues, Youth, Family, Based on a True Story, Women Interest
MENA Premiere
Rated: General Audiences. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


  • Sun, Nov 18, 06:30 PM, DFI Cinema - Museum of Islamic Art Park (MIA-DC)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Tue, Nov 20, 04:15 PM, Katara 12 Theatre A (K12-A)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed


The serene beauty of rural Senegal provides the backdrop for this lovely tale of one girl’s strength in the face of seemingly unsurmountable odds. Coumba is the first girl from her village to attend school in the nearby city. A good student, she passes her exams but, on the very same day, an accident occurs in her family – and the misfortune proves prohibitively expensive. To come up with the money to pay the hospital bill, Coumba’s father decides to sell off her 11-year-old sister Debo into marriage – ‘that’s the custom in our village,’ he says. Horrified, Coumba hatches a plan to rescue Debo from a future she wants no part in. In a culture where education for girls is seen as an enemy of families, and a daughter going against her father’s wishes is looked down upon, how can a young woman find the empowerment to support those who depend on her?

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About the Directors

Jeremy Teicher graduated from Dartmouth College, USA, in 2010 – the same year that his short film, ‘This Is Us: Video Stories from Senegalese Youth’, won an award from the Dicey Centre for International Understanding and received a Student Academy Award nomination. His second film, the narrative short ‘Foursquare Day’, screened at Comic-Con in 2011.


Jeremy Teicher
Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas
Mala Bawer
Sofi Marshall
Jay Wadley
Salieu Suso (Kora)
Chris Collins
Kora Music: Salieu Susso
Dior Kâ, Oumoul Kâ, Alpha Dia, Cheikh Dia, Mboural Dia, Mouhamed Diallo

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