Quitte le Pouvoir ( Step Down) at One World Festival in Ottawa, Canada October 1 (5:30 PM)

Quitte le Pouvoir ( Step Down) is being shown together with ' The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution ' by acclaimed documentarian Stanley Nelson in an evening dedicated to exploring politics, protests and social movements in the United States and Senegal. October 1 (5:30 PM) at One World Festival in Ottawa, Canada
Politics, Protest, and People Power | Saturday, October 1st 5:30PM

#27thAnnualOneWorldFilmFestival - OWFF 2016


Victims have refound their dignity they say a week after former Chadian president Hissène Habré received a life sentence for crimes against humanity, torture, rape and war crimes.

N'Djamena, June 2016

Prince Claus Fund Ceremony in Amsterdam: rapping the news, with Keyti and Djily Bagdad from Y'en a marre

January 7, 2016: our docu Quitte le Pouvoir streaming on AFRIDOCS

#DuoSoloDanse St Louis, Senegal

Early morning shoot in Dakar for documentary Habré Trial

photo credit Ricci Shryock

Abandoned Courthouse Dakar

Last Saturday I walked with a friend into the former Courthouse of Dakar, abandoned since the end of the 1990's. The floors are covered with personal documents, fingerprints, police reports etc, all under a thick layer of dust, for anybody to see and pick up.

Film festivals Quitte le Pouvoir

- June 28, 29, 30, July 1 2015 - Festival Cine Droit Libre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

- June 10, May 20, 2015  - Festival Africa Fête in Marseille,

- June 6 2015- screening at Bayreuth University, African Literature Association, Conference 'African Futures and Beyond’, Bayreuth, Germany.

 - May 20 2015 - third screening QLP / 'Wade get out!' in Freedom Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with as . topic 'films that combine art and activism’. Freedom Film festival 2015 in Malaysia (third screening)

- May 16 2015 - Festival Vif in Mantes la Jolie (surrounding Paris)

- April 9 - screening in Fresnes, the second biggest prison of France for a public of 150 prisoners, with rapper Fou Malade of Y'en a marre as animator and debator. 

- April 5 & 6 2015 - Paris/ St Denis: screening at festival Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen Orient‬ and in cinema Louxor at festival Banlieues Bleues (a well known film and music festival in the suburbs of Parijs)

- March 20 2015- Screening for young activists and bloggers in Burundi, in the context of the coming presidential elections in Burundi
- December 2014- Dakar, screening & debate in G Hip Hop Centre in Guediawaye, one of the largest and poorest suburbs of Dakar, with Cheikhou Diarra and rapper Fou Malade
- November 2014 - screening at 'Africa Day' in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, organized by the Max van der Stoel Foundation.- September 2014 - 'Quitte le Pouvoir' has been nominated for the Freedom Award, at the 6th Passion for Freedom Festival in London. 
- September 2014 - Freedom Festival Malaysia (2x) 
- September 2014 -  screening for the staff of the EU delegation in Dakar, Senegal
- March 2014 - Sneak preview for our crowdfunders at Castrum Peregrini, cultural centre and intellectual playground for writers, artists and thinkers in Amsterdam
- April 10 2014 - Sneak preview at the Dutch Embassy in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar: rehearsals for Dutch Art Project 'Handle with Care'

Sunday March 15 at my house: rehearsals with wonderful Senegalese actresses, discussing the problems concerning female trafficking and forced prostitution for the beautiful art project 'Handle with Care' of Dutch artists Jimini Hignett and Patricia Kaersenhout. Almost all of the actresses knew someone who was lured or almost lured into the trafficking trap. Thanks Rosalie van Deursen for making the connection for this great team of Jimini, Patricia and Cheikhou Diarra, who found these great actresses.

World AIDS Day: free HIV test at Dutch Embassy in Senegal

Op verzoek van een underground homo-organisatie en een gezondheidscentrum met een aantal verlichte artsen en verpleegkundigen organiseerde de NL Ambassade in Senegal afgelopen zondag voor de 2e keer een HIV-testdag, incl. voorlichting. Tussen veilige muren deden zo'n 100 man van rond de 23 jaar mee aan de gratis test en kregen dezelfde middag nog de uitslag. Voor 37 vd 100 man een minder fijn bericht. Zij testten HIV-positief. Homosexualiteit is strafbaar in Senegal en daarom laten weinigen zich testen. Gelukkig is de AIDS/HIV epidemie hier nog beperkt tot 0,7% vd bevolking. Goed initiatief van de NL Ambassade.

Quitte le Pouvoir nominated for 'Freedom Award' in London

“QUITTE LE POUVOIR“ has been nominated for the Freedom Award, at the 6th Passion for Freedom Festival in London. 
Recognizing the importance of film in art and freedom movements, the festival has nominated 13 films for their artistic value and meaningful impact on society.
On the 8th of November 2014, at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London (next to Tate Modern), 3 films will be screened as part of a second short-listing selection stage.
We hope Quitte le Pouvoir will be one of them.
Passion for Freedom is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of freedom of speech and humanistic values via the medium of creative expression.

16 and 24 August Quitte le Pouvoir ( 'Wade, get out!' ) will premiere at the World Cinema Festival in Amsterdam.

Premiere at the World Cinema Festival Amsterdam: Click here for more information.

- 16 Augustus 20:00 hrs: Bijlmer Bios, 'Open Air' Cinema, concert of rapgroup 'Y’en a Marre’ (‘Fed Up), at 21:00 hrs screening of ‘Quitte le Pouvoir’ with Q&A Y'en a marre and Dutch rappers.

- 24 Augustus 16:00 hrs: Cinema Rialto Amsterdam, Q&A with ‘Y'en a Marre’ and moderator Sylvana Simons, media personality and cofounder of 'the house of power’

For reservations World Cinema Amsterdam Festival:

Further screenings / concerts:
- 20 Augustus: 18:00 hrs. Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam-North, Outdoor Cinema & Afrobeat: screening film & small concert by 'Y’en a Marre’ with the Dutch group Kofi during Afrobeats evening:

- 26 Augustus 19:30 hrs: Humanity House, Prinsengracht 8, The Hague: film, debate & concert by 'Y’en a Marre':

10 april : Quitte le Pouvoir | Film & Debate at the Residency of the Dutch Ambassador in Dakar, Senegal

The screening of the film will be followed by a debate with Y'en a marre on the political situation of today, 2014 


In West-Africa, a story is told from generation to generation. The story of the Women of Waalo, from the northwest of Senegal. It is an impressive story of resistance in which the women of this region massively said 'No'. This small word had a huge impact. A collective loss resulted in the rise of female leaders in a continent full of slavery.

SCENARIO Fiona van Heemstra
ART WORK Machteld Aarsde
ANIMATIE Hanneke van der Linden
IDEE & RESEARCH & CAMERA Aida Grovestins
RESEARCH Cheikh Diarra


SNEAK PREVIEW especially for all the crowdfunders of the film, for our sponsors Webster University and AFK.

The exhibition of the more than 1000 drawings made for the film, could be chosen hand handpicked directly by the crowdfunders from the wall.

Cheikh Diarra, member of the Senegalese rap activist movement Y'en a marre (Fed Up) was present as well.

Go to the site of Castrum Peregrini.


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