Presented by Museum of the African Diaspora
Directed by Alain Gomis
Starring: Saul Williams (Satché), Djolof Mbengue (Sélé), Anisia Uzeyman (Rama), Aïssa Maïga (Nella), Thierno Ndiaye Doss (l'Oncle)
Acclaimed poet, musician and actor Saul Williams (brought to international attention with his indelible performance in 1998’s award-winning Slam
) is Satche, a Senegalese man who wakes up one morning knowing, somehow, that this is the last day of his life. In Alain Gomis’ searching, joyously idiosyncratic and affirming film (whose title is taken from the Wolof word for “today”), Satche’s final outing becomes at once a communal, familial experience and a deeply private, inward journey. But as someone who spent years abroad, Satche’s inward turn has an inherent connection to place—
the native country to which he chose to return. Captured in an adventurously cinematic style balancing the quotidian with the surreal, Satche’s time of farewell and reconciliation comes suffused with wonder and, at times, elation (carried aloft on some outstanding musical passages). Even amid the bustling activity of Dakar, Williams’ supremely charismatic Satche lights up the screen as a man brimming over with the full measure of a life.
Film Note Writer: Pam Grady