28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Pedro Figueiredo Neto, Ricardo Falcão
original title: YOON
country: Portugal
year: 2021
running time: 84 min.


Yoon in the language of the Senegalese Wolof ethnic group means “journey” – whether it is the distance to be covered or the process of moving from one place to another. This is the journey that the protagonist, Mbaye, embarks on. In an ever-repeating cycle, he buys a second-hand car in Portugal, loads it with goods to sell and items to deliver to others, and sets off on a 4,500-kilometre drive to his native Senegal. The post-modern traveler spends the immensely long and lonely journey worrying about whether he will reach his destination at all and calling his relatives and recipients of the packages he delivers along the way.

"Yoon addresses the trade of outdated cars, the life strategies of routiers and the grey areas that are traversed in an activity that takes place between Portugal and Senegal."


Pedro Figueiredo Neto (1984) is a Portuguese filmmaker, anthropologist, and architect. His professional and creative work focuses, among other things, on borders, forced displacement, social and spatial segregation. 

Ricardo Falcão (1980) is a filmmaker and anthropologist. Since 2007 he has been focusing his work on Senegal, country where he conducted long-term ethnography. This ethnography  is at the heart of several of his professional and creative activities.

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director: Pedro Figueiredo Neto, Ricardo Falcão
producer: Joana Ferreira, Joana Ferreira
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
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