The Revolution Won’t Be Televised

Senegal | 2016 | 110 minutes | Rama Thiaw

In a campaign to unseat president Abdoulaye Wade, three young Senegalese rappers began a protest movement called "We Are Fed Up," taking their message across Dakar to spread a message of freedom and emphasizing the importance of voting through their rap music.

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In 2011, President Abdoulaye Wade announced his intention to run for a third term (forbidden by the Senegal constitution), sparking a youth-led resistance movement. Soon a pair of friends, rappers Thiat and Kilifeu, used their celebrity to start "Y En A Marre" ("We Are Fed Up"). First-time documentary filmmaker Rama Thiaw joined the movement to document the group's events—from demonstrations to concerts—from the inside. She fills her narrative with intense sequences of street protests, in which the rappers find themselves threatened with state-sponsored violence, to thrilling concert footage of the rappers performing, imbuing their lyrics and interstitial concert chatter with politically charged rhetoric that fires up their young crowd. Thiaw intimately captures the rappers within their environment with a cinematographic eye and narrative sense that draws the viewer deeper into the intersections of music with politics and the people on the street with an out-of-touch government. The Revolution Won't Be Televised examines a nation on the verge of substantial change, driven by the fact that roughly two-thirds of the population is under 25 and are demanding an upgrade to their political representation.

Director Biography
Rama Thiaw was born in Nouakchott, Mauritania in 1978. She then went to Paris to study Film and Economics at la Sorbonne. She is a producer, writer, and director for the Senegalese film production company Boul Fallé Images. The Revolution Won't Be Televised is her second feature. 

Sponsored by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Seattle Times

  • Director: Rama Thiaw
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Senegal
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Rama Thiaw
  • Screenplay: Rama Thiaw
  • Cinematographers: Amath Niane
  • Editors: Axel Salvatori-Sinz, Rama Thiaw
  • Music: Keur Gui
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  • Filmography: Boul Fallé, The Wrestling Way (2009)
  • Language: Wolof, French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP