Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

USA, 2008, 102min., documentary
Senegalese pop sensation Youssou Ndour has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight as a world–renowned musician and the iconic representative “Voice of Africa”. At the height of his career, Youssou, became frustrated by the negative perception of his Muslim faith and composed “Egypt”, a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam.
It was a critical and career–defining moment. N'dour’s brave musical message was wholeheartedly embraced by Western audiences but ignited serious religious controversy in his homeland of Senegal.

“Audience Award for Documentary” – Foreign, São Paulo International Film Festival, 2008.
“Special Jury Prize”, Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi 2008.


Section: Music Moves the World

Screenplay: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Dir. of Photography: Nick Doob, JoJo Pennebaker

Cast: Youssou N'Dour, Peter Gabriel, Moustapha Mbaye, Kabou Guèye, Fathi Salama