23 januari 2020


A film about hospitality
Many people from Senegal cross land and sea to come to Europe. 
What do they hope to achieve? What are their dreams?
In the spring of 2018, Jolien Wallis de Vries stayed in Senegal for three months 
to experience life there and to get to know our neighbours on the other side of the sea, 
finding out what moves them and inspires them.
Submerged in a culture which is completely different from the Western Culture she was used to, she filmed all the interactions and conversations with people she met and this resulted in the film ‘Teranga’.

‘Teranga’, the title of this film, means hospitality in Wolof. It stands for the welcoming and openness which is deeply rooted in the Senegalese culture, and which has inspired Jolien to make this film. Senegal has a collective culture where solidarity comes first.
With this film she wants to give a voice to the people she met and give them a stage to tell about their dreams. The dreams of people who want to move to the West en the dreams of people who are passionate about Senegal and critical about the dominating individualistic Western culture.


Jolien met most of the people while she was working at the exposition‘The African Dream: Reflections on Migration.’ curated by Rosalie van Deursen van Urban Africans Biennale Dak’art (Dakar, 3d of May until 2nd of June 2018). But she also interviewed the neighbour, people she met at the beach, a student. And when she came back she talked with people who are now living in the Netherlands.
This film is made with the help op the following people: Jérôme Diokh, Mamadou Ndiaye, Alpha Goudiaby, Piniang, Kine Aw, Celestina Ndione en Khadidiatou Ba, Sidy Lamine Diouf, Rosalie van Deursen, Marieke Luthart, Skander Jaïbi, Henriette Wallis de Vries, Baba Tarawally, Aida Grovenstins, Armin Abdoulaye Kane, Khadidiatou Sow, Amadou Sanogo, Ibrahima Haliloullah Sy, the Dutch ambassador in Senegal, Theo Peters and his wife, Anne lande Peters.

Thank you, Merci beaucoup, djierra djief!


The film has been shown during the HKU EXPOSURE,  in Utrecht, the Netherlands on the 27h till 30th of juni 2019.


The film was part of an installation, to create a full experience of the film at the HKU Exposure.

For the installation Jolien was inspired by the sea in Senegal and the beautiful textile walls and doors blowing in the wind from food shops and barbershops she walked by. And by the plastic carpets you could fined everywhere on the streets , beaches and markets.

The textile walls have been painted with batik technique. With illustrations about the Senegalese culture. Part of these illustrations are animated in the film as well.


The film has been shown in collaboration with de Voorkamer, being part of the Calling Africa; Senegal event, in Utrecht, the Netherlands on the 13th of december 2019 from 20h till 21h.


At de Voorkamer the film was shown combined with a moment to share your thoughts and experiences while drinking Ataya tea or cafe Touba.
And with eating together in a circle and eating with your hands the Senegalese national food: Thieboudienne (fish with rice), baked banana while drinking ‘Bissap’, Ataya tea or cafe Touba.

And we closed the evening full energy with djembee music of Ibou Ndong.


Spoken language: French 
Subtitles: Dutch
Running time: 1:54


Spoken language: French 
Subtitles: Dutch
Running time:  23 : 48


Jolien Wallis de Vries
Utrecht, Nederland


KVK: 70508178
BTW-id: NL002306234B27
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