Old men who brutally and relentlessly cling on to their roles as heads of state have become colossally negative images in many countries of Africa, including Senegal. When President Abdoulaye Wade wanted to run for office yet again in 2011, a resistance movement formed on the streets. Shortly afterwards, a group of school friends, including rappers Thiat and Kilifeu, set up "Y'en a marre" ("We Are Fed Up"), with filmmaker Rama Thiaw soon coming on board to start documenting events - meetings, campaigns, arrests, concerts, states of exhaustion, trips - from an "insider" perspective. The Revolution won't be Televised is directed by Rama Thiaw

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Toronto Film Scene

11 Feb 2017
Sitting in front of a television camera, President Wade of Senegal appears calm. Calm, despite the fact that his legitimacy as a candidate in the upcoming elections is under review by the constitutional council and thousands gather in Obelisk Square ...

POV Magazine

11 Feb 2017
The Revolution Won’t Be Televised is about 20 minutes too long and the story meanders off course several times through the course of the film. But for someone who is not privy at all to Senegalese politics or culture, the film provides an entry poi ...

Vague Visages

11 Feb 2017
With a flair for dramatic interruption that evokes late 60s Jean-Luc Godard, relative newcomer Rama Thiaw’s The Revolution Won’t Be Televised bursts vibrantly onto the screen, shouting its defiant message at the top of its lungs. A disjointed tim ...

The Hollywood Reporter

11 Feb 2017
Rama Thiaw’s rap-flavored documentary on west African politics enjoyed a prize-winning premiere at the Berlinale. Political and cultural crosscurrents collide in The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, Rama Thiaw’s rousing, rap-fueled di ...

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Release Date(s):

February 17th, 2016 (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
April 29th, 2016 (Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Canada)
May 15th, 2016 (Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland)
May 26th, 2016 (Seattle International Film Festival, USA)
October 7th, 2016 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil)
October 9th, 2016 (London Film Festival, UK)


Amath Niane


Axel Salvatori-Sinz, Rama Thiaw


Keur Gui

Production Company:

Boul Fallé Images, Oif-Fond Images de la Francophonie, Toronto Hot Docs Blue Ice Documentary Fund, CNC, Ministry of Culture & Communication of Senegal, Steps Afridocs, Region Aquitaine, Department Charentes-Maritimes, Takmill-Carthago Cinema Days, Soon SA, Berlinale Talent, Durban Talent, Goethe Institut, Sacem, Britdoc


Boul Fallé Images


Wolof, French


110 minutes

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