VIFF 2019: The Great Green Wall


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      Multilingual, mega-talented singer Inna Modja makes a charismatic tour guide for this surprisingly uplifting journey through some of Africa’s more troubled places. While it acknowledges the horrors of civil war, corruption, and (highly misogynistic) terrorism, the film focuses on a pan-African plan to replant millions of trees where the southern Sahel desert is encroaching on livable land in Ethiopia, Niger, Senegal, and Mali, Modja’s homeland.

      At every stop, she meets with people caught up in the planting, the turmoil, and—most of all—the music of the region. By the end, she has recorded an upbeat album as varied and enjoyable as the people she meets. Don’t miss it.