We Are The Baye Fall’ follows three extraordinary characters, all dreadlocked Senegalese Muslims identifying as Baye Fall, who join five million followers on a pilgrimage called The Grand Magal. Join our characters, Ami, Bara, and Bas, as they embark on a spiritual journey to the holy city of Touba, revealing a kaleidoscopic human spectacle almost completely unreported in the global press.
WINNER - BEST WORLD SHORT – SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NEW YORK)
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM - INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (NASHVILLE, USA)
BEST FICTION FILM - RENCONTRES DU FILM COURT MADAGASCAR
BEST SHORT FILM – DENTON BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (TEXAS, USA)
PREMIERE - ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 20+ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
Starring - Okezie Morro, Manie Malone, Nyah Felix, Rio Chambers, Tina Harris
Writer/Director - Alex Emanuel
Producers - Alex Emanuel, Lewis Rose, Leanne Dimant
Director of Photography - Emma Dalesman
Editor - Livia Serpa
Production Designers - Charlotte Meakin, Ruth Ingamells
Original Music - Abass Dodoo
Sound Designer - Louis Morand
Hair & Make Up - Carly Guy
Casting Director - Sharon Sorrentino
Alex Emanuel is a London based filmmaker working across narrative and documentary projects. He regularly shoots, produces and directs factual content for television broadcasters all over the globe, for which he has gained an exemplary reputation. The 2016 narrative short film that he wrote and directed, ‘The Storyteller’, screened at over twenty film festivals across the world, winning four major prizes on the circuit.
Alex won a Royal Television Society Scotland Award and MIND Media Award for his work on 2016 BBC One documentary about maternal mental health, My Baby, Psychosis and Me and his episode of BBC Four’s Africa: A Journey Into Music was praised as “stirring and poignant” by The Guardian. Online, social cuts of his films have had millions of views on Youtube and Facebook including BBC Three’s Plastic Surgery Capital of the World. In 2018, Alex spent the year developing stories and producing content on the African continent, which has led to a host of documentary work in the region including making films for award-winning current affairs strand BBC Africa Eye.
Alex has a special interest in the hybrid documentary-narrative form and has several feature length projects in development in this style.