After 25 years in Europe, Jeannot returns to his native Senegal to realise his childhood dream of building a hotel in the heart of the coastal village of Popenguine. The village has been subjected to drought and the disrespect of foreign fishiries . There is need for economic development, but is tourism the answer? Opinions differ. Karim the schoolteacher is critical of the hotel and the negative consequences of tourism. Birane the taxi driver sees potential and tries to encourage dialogue. Although Jeannot wants co-operation and development he is a changed man after 25 years in Europe and his dream of "returning home" is difficult to realise. It is not easy to build a hotel, encourage the tourist to come and to become part of the reality he left long ago.
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