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Against the Tide of History

Against the Tide of History: Landmines in Casamance

(27 minutes) Senegal/USA
Director: Moussa Bocoume
Producers: Witness and Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO)

MFDC and the Senegalese government have entered into peace negotiations that will hopefully bring an end to the 22 year armed conflict. The suffering inflicted on the people of Casamance continues because an effective de-mining campaign has yet to be implemented and the rights of landmine victims are poorly protected by the government of Senegal. Witness and partner organization Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), have jointly produced Against the Tide of History: Landmines in the Casamance to advocate for urgently needed global pressure on the Senegalese government to comply with their international obligation under Article 6 of the Mine Ban Treaty (which Senegal signed and ratified 24 September 1998) to provide medical, social and psychological assistance to landmine victims. Told through the voices of landmine victims themselves, the film follows their lives in Casamance, contrasting local initiatives to support these victims with the government’s lack of substantive aid to them and their families, and the denial of both MFDC and the government as to their involvement in using landmines.


Moussa Diallo Bocoume was born in Bignona, Senegal. He is currently preparing a PhD on African cinema. Mr. Bocoume worked with the great African filmmaker Sembene Ousmane and he is also a film critic, having written numerous articles on cinematography in African cinema. Aware of the state of human rights and democracy in Africa, Bocoume joined Rencontre Africaine des Droits de l'Homme (RADDHO), a highly respected human rights organization based in Dakar where he has successfully spearheaded a program to integrate the use of video in the work of RADDHO to promote and protect human rights. Against the Tide of History is Bocoume’s directorial debut.

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