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Billo the Grand Dakhaar (DVD) (*)

Original Title: Billo il grand dakhaar
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
Italian ( Dolby Digital Stereo )
Italian ( Subtitles )

Product Origin/Format:
Italy ( PAL/Region 2 )

Running Time:
90 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Behind the scenes
Cast/Crew Interview(s)
Interactive Menu
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 2007 and produced in:
Italy ( Italy, Greece )
Senegal ( Africa, Middle East )

Directed By:
Laura Muscardin

Written By:
Marco Bonini
Mbacke Gadji

Marco Bonini ..... Paolo 1
Boubacar Ba ..... Maraobout
Lella Costa ..... L'ispettore
Luisa De Santis ..... La madre
Carmen De Santos ..... Fatou
Paolo Gasparini ..... Paolo 2
Susy Laude ..... Laura
Edoardo Leo ..... Pap
Paul N'Dour ..... Diara
Daba Soumarè ..... Billo
Thierno Thiam

Billo (Thierno Thiam), a young man from Senegal, has wanted to be a fashion designer since he was a small child put to work in his uncle's garment business. He and his mother have always been the black sheep of the family; they live in a shack near wealthy realatives who are friendly but condescending in ways that constantly reinforce the belief they don't measure up. They are religious Muslims whose encounters with others are laced with phrases such as 'Thanks be to God,' 'Peace be with you,' and 'Let us thank God.' Billo and his beautiful cousin Fantou (Carmen De Santos) have been in love with one another since they were children. Her parents will not consider her marrying her ne'er do well cousin. "Billo recognizes that he is talented and that must leave Senegal to elevate his status. Through a tightknit Senegalese network, he makes his way to Rome. Soon he finds both employment and shelter. Religiously, he sends money back home. Some of his fellow Senegalese in Rome say 'Don't mix with the whites.' Others say 'The whites are in paradise, we've got all the problems.' Billo hears those comments as echoes of 'God made us poor and your cousins rich,' his mother's old refrain. He clearly does not want to play any game according to other people's rules or limited expectations. "He becomes friends with two gay men (Marco Bonini and Paolo Gasparini) through whom he meets Laura (Susy Laude) the sister of one of them. She and her friends ogle Billo and refer to him as 'the black hunk.' Laura, particularly smitten makes the first move; it doesn't take long before she and Billo embark on a full-fledged affair. He loses his job when a white woman makes advances then complains when he does not respond positively to them. His friends connect him with an entrepreneur who sees potential in Billo's sample hip-hop clothing. As he earns a reputation, his relationship with Laura becomes more intense. Out of the blue his family calls him back to Senegal to marry his cousin Fantou. He feels a duty to do so and he still has strong feelings for her. But Billo is not about to settle down in Senegal permanently; he leaves Fantou tear ridden as he flies back to Rome. Once back in Rome he learns Laura is pregnant. Now his dilemma is whether or not to take a second wife; Islamic law will allow a second wife as long as the first marriage was arranged. Can two families be kept separate or should they be brought together? Is it possible to have a black family in Africa and a white family in Europe?

Leaving behind his mother, his fiancee and his marabout (religious advisor), Senegalese tailor Billo sets off for Rome to make it big in the fashion world. Struggling at first, he eventually hooks up with a group of sympathetic Italians, and good things start to happen; he's safe, settled and even selling his old clothes. Then a call from Senegal arrives, telling him that everything is set for his upcoming wedding.

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 19 December, 2010.


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