Le Périple d’Abélla

In a fishing town called Toubab Dialaw in Senegal, each young girl who turns 25 has to present a handmade gift to their mothers.

Credits / Collaborators / Cast

Director: Enis Manaz
Producer: Evrim inci
Director of Photography: Cihangir Öztürk, Mert Hüroğlu
Music: VEYasin
Adapted Screenplay: Elif Feyza Demir
Lighting Director: Erdem Çelik
Assistan Director: Ezgi Baran, Yasin Erda
D.I.T: Ahmet Erdil
Photographer: Melih Ayakdaş
Interpreter: Fadime Dinçer

Melisa Taylan
Beyhan Türkkollu
Şakir Doğuluer
Dan Lacey

The story behind the film

One of the biggest side effects of the pandemic was the time that it gave us to think about ourselves and our world more than ever before. Yes, at first like everyone else me and my friends also felt in prison but on the other hand, we appreciated that and used it as an opportunity to raise our voice. Besides the reconfiguration of the world, the most important motivation for us to produce “Le Périple d’Abélla” was the racism which is rising non-stop nowadays.

During the pandemic I was collecting some of the news from social media and newspapers to find a starting point and in the end I used three of them to create a story. Afterwards, the story became an actual script by my talented scriptwriter friend Feyza and that was how the journey of Abella started. In a very short period of time, me and my friends worked really hard and made the journey of Abella real. Eventually the result was way more satisfying for us than we all expected. I hope the audience will also like it and hopefully we can make them think just once more.


Genre: Documentary
Country: Turkey
Language: French
Length in minutes: 5
YEAR: 2020