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Ladj Ly, the director of “Misérables”, launches a new Kourtrajmé school in Dakar

Born in Seine-Saint-Denis, the free film school Kourtrajmé, created by the director of Les Misérables Ladj Ly, is spreading in Africa with the launch announced Tuesday, December 15 of a first promotion in Dakar.

Created in 2018 by Ladj Ly in the suburb where he grew up and started filming the 2005 uprisings in Monfermeil, the school offers free training without age conditions or diploma in cinema or the art of the image.

“It is important to make accessible to all a place which allows the transmission and the learning of the cinema professions. Africa is full of talents, Dakar is our first school in Africa, we want to open as many as possible to create bridges between they, train, develop and produce films “Ladj Ly said in a statement.

The management of the school is entrusted to Toumani Sangaré, a director who comes like Ladj Ly from the informal collective Kourtrajmé, born in the 1990s in the east of Paris and became a breeding ground for talents: Vincent Cassel also met there, Romain Gavras or Mouloud Achour.

In Dakar, applications were opened this week with 15 places in scriptwriting and 25 places in directing-postproduction, to produce a short film and a mini-series. Beyond technical training, the school wants “allow each student to develop a professional network and above all give each student self-confidence and legitimacy”.

Since its creation, the Kourtrajmé school has never ceased to spread: in January it launched a new art training program, led by JR, then in September a technical section in Marseille. The American Spike Lee, the actress Ludivine Sagnier, prestigious names from the 7th art are involved.

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