The Revolution Won't Be Televised


Rama Thiaw


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Director Rama Thiaw
Completed 2016 Runtime 110


In the 1980s, Senegal is a country ruled by a thinly disguised dictatorship. The man who stood against this system was Abdoulaye Wade. During his 20 years in the opposition, he promised to establish political liberalism, if elected. However, once elected, this hero soon became worse than his predecessors. ‘The Revolution won’t be televised’ starts on January 17, 2012 at the beginning of the Senegalese Presidential Campaign, when Wade corrupted the Constitutional Council in order to be eligible as candidate. This violation of the Senegalese Constitution forced three friends, Thiat, Kilifeu and Gadiaga to react where the Socialist opposition had clearly failed by creating the Y’EN A MARRE movement, with some other musicians, journalists and friends. In a country where demonstration is not a part of the culture, millions of people took to the streets to join Y’EN A MARRE’s call for mobilization to reject Wade’s candidacy.