In 2009 the body of Alice B is found washed up on an African beach. Next to the corpse of the white, 30-year old European woman lie those of a dozen black migrants. Eight years after this tragedy, PierreAlain Meier travels to Senegal in the hope of understanding the story behind this tragic shipwreck.
When he was Alice’s age, he wandered the streets of Dakar planning the production of the film Hyenas. Like her, he was a white person in Africa. Perhaps like her, he hoped he could blend in more easily with his African friends and co-workers and not be so unmistakeably foreign.
Following in Alice’s footsteps, the filmmaker today puts his own story into perspective, with humility and affection, allowing us access to a very intimate terrain. Farewell to Africa tells the story of a final journey and sets out to explore the complex ties – both rich and asymmetrical - that have never ceased to exist between Europe and French-speaking Africa.
- Pierre-Alain Meier
- Jamal Belmahi
- Séverine Barde
- Myriam Rachmuth
- Wasis Diop
- Ismaël Lo
- OUTSIDE THE BOX
- PRINCE FILM
Pierre-Alain Meier was born in Delemont, Switzerland. He went on to study Science and Literature at the University of Neuchatel, then filmmaking at the INSAS in Brussels. He founded the production company Thelma Film AG in Zurich in 1988 and Prince Film in Geneva in 2005. Since 2010, both companies are headquartered in the Jura, in Delemont.
He has produced over 30 films, among them YAABA by Idrissa Ouedraogo, HYENAS by Djibril Diop Mambé- ty, RICE PEOPLE by Rithy Panh, BAB EL OUED CITY by Merzak Allouache, SALT OF THIS SEA by Annemarie Jacir, LES HOMMES DU PORT by Alain Tanner, BYE BYE by Karim Dridi, MEMORIA DEL SAQUEO and LA DIGNIDAD DE LOS NADIES by Fernando E. Solanas. His film FAREWELL TO AFRICA (2017) screened at Visions du Réel.