On beaches, in training grounds, and in gyms around Dakar, Kalanda sweats and strains as he trains hard for Senegal’s big-time wrestling competitions – determined to make it to the main wrestling arena.
Filmmaker Oumar Ba’s intimate film, Kalanda: A Wrestler’s Dream, bears witness to his determination despite the odds, and sees him balance friendship and loyalty with hard-muscled competition.
Oumar Ba is a Senegalese documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter. His film, Pulaagu, Chronicle of an Uprooted Fulani, records his own encounter with his Funali heritage. His second film, Jésus de Wazemmes, was produced within the ‘Regards Croisés’ framework at Le Fresnoy, the National Studio for contemporary arts in Lille, France.