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A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by enslaved Africans and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims. From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert...

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  • Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called 'genuineness' push Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gore into the realm of unforgettable filmmaking.

    September 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Trace[s] influences and celebrate connections with tunes to make you tap and sway.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Unlike Maria Bethania: Music Is Perfume, Youssou N'Dour: Return to Goree is a documentary that actually has something on its mind beyond pandering to a singer's fan base.

    August 28, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Points to Bourgeaud for not whitewashing the beautifully awkward moments of cultural misunderstanding

    August 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It provides ample moments for reflection -- and maybe, judging by the reactions of the American musicians who go back home in his film, a little bit of healing, too

    March 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The serious undertones of the film are very real and played out with rapture.

    September 3, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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