Ayo Nene

by Daouda Diakhaté

France
2021
27 min
French OV
Short film
Fiction
Color
DCP

Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

Alassane, a thirty-year-old Franco-Senegalese man, lives alone with his nine-year-old son, Yanis, in a seedy studio on the outskirts of Bordeaux. Alassane is jobless does his best to maintain a balance. The day the judge for juveniles decides to place Yanis with a foster family, the young man risks everything to stay with his son.

The programmer’s eye

An actor and a director, Daouda Diakhaté subtly plays a father who’s unable to raise his son and who struggles with a judge (French actress Romane Bohringer). The staging is imbued with the melancholy of a country the character never lived in. This troubled filiation questions the place of an uprooted child, who’s now a father, with great modesty and tenderness.

— Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

Of Franco-Senegalese descent, Daouda Diakhaté grew up in several working-class neighborhoods in the Bordeaux suburbs. At the age of 23, he became a socio-cultural animator and discovered the audiovisual industry by setting up projects linked to the CNC's "Passeur d'Images" program. He ran his first workshops in image education and audiovisual awareness. That new experience allowed him to discover screenwriting and directing in different forms. Daouda founded the association "Nos Rêves Production" in 2009. That  structure aims to introduce the audiovisual and cinema professions to as many people as possible. At the same time, Daouda pursued a career as an actor for cinema and television. In 2015, he directed a self-produced documentary, “Les portes de l'égalité”, and in 2018 his first short film, “Bulles d´air”, which won three prizes at the Cinébanlieue Festival. “Ayo Nene” is his second short film.

2021 - AYO NENE (Short) - Daouda Diakhate - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - BULLES D’AIR (Short) - Daouda Diakhaté - Director, Screenwriter

Daouda Diakhaté

Daouda Diakhaté, Aimé Domoa, Romane Bohringer...

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Of Franco-Senegalese descent, Daouda Diakhaté grew up in several working-class neighborhoods in the Bordeaux suburbs. At the age of 23, he became a socio-cultural animator and discovered the audiovisual industry by setting up projects linked to the CNC's "Passeur d'Images" program. He ran his first workshops in image education and audiovisual awareness. That new experience allowed him to discover screenwriting and directing in different forms. Daouda founded the association "Nos Rêves Production" in 2009. That  structure aims to introduce the audiovisual and cinema professions to as many people as possible. At the same time, Daouda pursued a career as an actor for cinema and television. In 2015, he directed a self-produced documentary, “Les portes de l'égalité”, and in 2018 his first short film, “Bulles d´air”, which won three prizes at the Cinébanlieue Festival. “Ayo Nene” is his second short film.

2021 - AYO NENE (Short) - Daouda Diakhate - Director, Screenwriter
2018 - BULLES D’AIR (Short) - Daouda Diakhaté - Director, Screenwriter