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Taxi Cab Teranga

A day in the life of Omar, a Senegalese taxi driver in New York City, who learns that any day could be his last.

10 – 15 | 2012 | Drama | Live-Action | Social Issues | USA

A day in new york. A man gets up and goes to work. A girl, perhaps n the other side of the city, does the same. The man drives a taxi, the place where you can run into all sorts of NYC inhabitants: the neurotic lady, the slightly racist mother, the businessmen. Only that girl will, however, establish a (fleeting) connection with the Senegalese taxi driver.
Teranga is a word that’s used to describe a strong sense of hospitality and communion in the Senegalese culture, and that’s exactly what Cate, who recently came back from Africa, experiences in her short stay in Omar’s taxi. Backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sara Balin’s moving metropolitan short has a circular narrative, as the film ends in the same way it started. A “social commentary” about urban frenzy, whispered racisms and violence but there’s also space for positive cultural encounters and exchanges.  The relationships between theses solitary individuals who get lost in the metropolis are fleeting, but they sometimes leave indelible marks.

Andreina Di Sanzo

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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