Wanda's Picks Radio Show Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Father with daughter Coumba|
|Amaday, Coumba's classmate |
|Younger Sister Debo|
Jeremy Teicher, Director writes:
Inspired by my work with local students, I wanted to tell a story that captures the emotions of the traditional and modern worlds colliding.Jeremy Teicher, Director / Co-Producer / Co-writer bio
Jeremy Teicher is a Student Academy Award-nominated director whose first feature film, Tall as the Baobab Tree (Grand comme le Baobab) (2012), is garnering acclaim from festivals around the world. Tall as the Baobab Tree won the “Best Feature Narrative” award from the Doha-Giffoni jury at Doha-Tribeca Film Festival and was ranked in the top 20 out of over 170 feature films by audience vote at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Tall as the Baobab Tree is inspired by Jeremy’s ground breaking documentary short, This is Us (2011), which was awarded a prestigious Lombard Public Service Fellowship, supported by Kodak, and earned Jeremy a nomination for a Student Academy Award.
Both films were shot on location in a rural village in Senegal, Africa, with the documentary premiering at the American Embassy in Dakar to international media coverage. Jeremy graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College where he studied Film, English, and Theater.
The cast is made up of local villagers playing roles that mirror their own lives: the two main characters, Coumba and her sister Debo, are played by real-life sisters who actually are the first kids from their family to go to school. The role of the mother is played by a local woman who was herself a young bride. A young man who never had the opportunity to get an education plays the older brother, a character who has never gone to school.