Salt Mine

“Saltmine” is an experimental docu-fiction about independence, labour and patriarchy in contemporary Senegal. A fictional story is woven around real life events.

Safar, a young tenacious salt miner from Dakar’s Lebou tribe, works at Lake Retba. There’s a void in Safar’s family; his father died when he was a boy and his older brother Taba, with whom he has a close bond, migrated illegally to Hamburg in search of a better life. Alone with his mother and sister, Safar is burdened as the new head of the family.

Safar loses contact with Taba and fearing him missing, plans to smuggle himself on a boat to Hamburg to find him. Like the salt he harvests which is exported across the Atlantic, Safar dreams of escaping his reality to a more prosperous life abroad. Faced with risking his life on a dangerous journey, he must decide between losing his independence or chasing false hope. On standby is his devoted mother Fati, his resilient sister Saria and his loyal best friend Bilal.

Salt Mine

“Saltmine” is an experimental docu-fiction about independence, labour and patriarchy in contemporary Senegal. A fictional story is woven around real life events.

Safar, a young tenacious salt miner from Dakar’s Lebou tribe, works at Lake Retba. There’s a void in Safar’s family; his father died when he was a boy and his older brother Taba, with whom he has a close bond, migrated illegally to Hamburg in search of a better life. Alone with his mother and sister, Safar is burdened as the new head of the family.

Safar loses contact with Taba and fearing him missing, plans to smuggle himself on a boat to Hamburg to find him. Like the salt he harvests which is exported across the Atlantic, Safar dreams of escaping his reality to a more prosperous life abroad. Faced with risking his life on a dangerous journey, he must decide between losing his independence or chasing false hope. On standby is his devoted mother Fati, his resilient sister Saria and his loyal best friend Bilal.