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Ba, Oumar Mamadou

Posted on May 21, 2014 in B, Filmmakers Database | 0 comments

Oumar Mamadou Ba in Il viaggio di Oumar

Oumar Mamadou Ba

Actor, screenwriter and director (Futa Tooro, Senegal – Milan, Italy, 1.2001)

He was born into a family of shepherds in the region of Futa Tooro, at about 600 km. from Dakar. Later he attended the Daniel Sorano Theatre in Dakar and then starred in an Ivorian television movie. He arrived in Italy in June 1989. Once in Milan, he had different jobs, working between disco and factory. Afterwards he participated in several theatrical plays with the multicultural troupe Mascherenere, directed by Leonardo Gazzola. In 1993, he wrote and directed the play Les Leeso – Sotto il letto. In the same year, he had his first role in a movie (Veleno by Bruno Bigoni). Married to a woman from Trieste, he had for the first time success as an actor with his small role in  Ferie d’agosto (1996), after which the director Virzì decided to shoot a documentary to tell his story. In 1999, he was interviewed by Magdi Allam for the newspaper La Repubblica and he declared his intention to direct a film titled Il massimo dell’integrazioneHe wrote the script for a multicultural comedy titled I fiori del mondo, but he could not realize it, because he died in January 2001 of cancer, when he was about 33 years old: a short script, for a film to be produced by society Venerdì s.r.l. was published in the magazine Plot (n. 4, 2005 - here).

Italian Filmography

Veleno (Bruno Bigoni, 1993, ff, act), Ferie d’agosto (Paolo Virzì, 1996, ff, act), Conversazioni (1996, sf, d), Il viaggio di Oumar (Paolo Virzì, 1997, doc, act), Animali felici (Angelo Ruta, 1999, ff, act), Panni sporchi (Mario Monicelli, 1999, ff, act), Saluto a Oumar (Paola Giambelli, 2001, doc, act)

Frame taken from:

Il viaggio di Oumar. Dir. Paolo Virzì. Etabeta, 1997.



Contributors: Maria Coletti and Leonardo De Franceschi, with Alessio Altieri and Renata Ornella Orlando

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