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Dancing the Stumble (Mantjé Tonbé Sé Viv)

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In Martinique, a psychiatric daycare hospital welcomes a young artist-researcher to lead Bèlè dance and music workshops. The film crafts an intimate dialogue between the director’s inner questions, the words of those who learn to live with a psychiatric diagnosis and the ancestral energy of Bèlè.

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Wally Fall


Wally Fall is a filmmaker of Senegalese and Martinican descent who grew up in Martinique. After taking evening classes on video filmmaking and editing in London, he gained much of his early experience in Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. In 2016, along with fellow filmmakers, he founded Cinemawon, a film collective dedicated to creating new spaces to screen films mostly overlooked from the Caribbean, Africa and other Afro-diasporic spaces. It operates mostly in the French colonies of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Since 2017 he is back in the Caribbean in Guadeloupe, where he lives and works. In 2021 he was a curatorial fellow at the 66th Flaherty Seminar, and his short film Fouyé Zétwal (Plowing the Stars) was selected at BlackStar’s 10th anniversary edition. Dancing the Stumble (Mantjé tonbé sé viv) is his fourth film.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 63 minutes
  • Country: France
  • Language: French, Martinique Creole
  • Director: Wally Fall
  • Cast: Siméline Jean-Baptiste, Mehdi Zaazoua, Chocolat, Malik, Sandrine
  • Cinematographer: Karine Aulnette
  • Co Producer: France Télévisions Martinique la 1ère
  • Composer: Marcel Jean-Baptiste
  • Editor: Christelle Berry
  • Executive Producer: Jean-Marie Gigon / SaNoSi Productions
  • Screenwriter: Wally Fall
  • Premiere: World

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