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Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée) (2008)

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Tells of African singer Youssou N'Dour's epic journey following the trail left by slaves and by the jazz music they invented. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire and to sing those tunes in Goree, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to commemorate its victims. Guided in his mission by the pianist Moncef Genoud, Youssou N'Dour travels across the United States of America and Europe. Accompanied by some of the world's most exceptional musicians, they meet peoples and well known figures, and create, through concerts, encounters and debates, music which transcends cultural division. From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Dakar through Luxembourg the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. But the day of their return to Africa is fast approaching and much remains to be done to be ready for the final concert.

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Critic Reviews for Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Conversations full of memorable words and what can only be called 'genuineness' push Youssou N'Dour: Return to Gorée 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

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…

A wondrous trip with Africa's greatest singer as he bonds with his musical brethren in the New World.

August 29, 2008 | Full Review…

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