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Turin, Dakar, New York – three cities, three stories about the unknown; a special kind of story about migration and intertwined journeys. Young Sophie leaves Dakar to live with her husband Abdoulaye in Turin. On her arrival, she’s in for a horrible surprise: Abdoulaye has already travelled on to New York with a friend, via France. He hopes to be able to stay at Sophie’s aunt Mamy Fall’s, however she’s on her way to Dakar with her 19-year-old son Thierno … Told with a remarkably light touch, the film provides a confident, unhurried perspective on the positive and negative effects of global migration movements.

DES ETOILES (UNTERM STERNENHIMMEL) Direction: Dyana Gaye, DCP, OF m. dt. UT, 88 min


Dyana Gaye

Dyana Gaye is a French-Senegalese director. A regular guest at Cologne since 2002, she has presented several of her films there, including DEWENETI (2006) and DES ÉTOILES (2013). In addition to directing, Dyana Gaye has worked on the selection committee of the Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde and as a member of juries at numerous festivals. In 2022, she and Valérie Osouf created the Tigritudes cycle, an anthology of pan-African cinema. She is currently developing her next feature film, STUDIO KÉBÉ. Dyana Gaye is the patroness of this year’s AFFK, and will present a selection of films from the Tigritudes program.