Kristoffer Hegnsvad, Denmark, 2013

28 min.DK/Documentary

The rules are simple in Senegalese wrestling: First man down loses. The sport derives from ancient ritual manhood trials, but in modern times has developed into a national sport with packed stadiums, huge prizes and extreme idol worship. Today, the fight is supplemented with bare knuckle boxing but without any protection. The film tells the story of the 22-year-old cattle herder Ndoff and his attempts to become a pro wrestler in Senegal. He has been chosen to compete in an annual talent event in Dakar, and faces a possible breakthrough. The film is a modern tale about fighting one's way out of poverty and a story of a sport filled with myths and extreme voodoo rituals.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Laamb
Danish title Laamb
Other titles Laamb
Keywords Wrestling, Superstition, Young men, Africa, Senegal, Laamb
Director Kristoffer Hegnsvad
Screenplay Kristoffer Hegnsvad, Peter Alsted
Producer Kristoffer Hegnsvad, Peter Alsted
Director of Photography Peter Alsted
Editor Anders Obbekjær
Composer Adam Mckenzie, Rune Glerup
Appearances Ndoffene Diouf, Yuossou Faye, Tonton Leo, Amadou Katy Diop
Production country Denmark
Production companies Hegnsvad/Alsted
International sales Alsted / Hostrups Have 11, 5.tv. / 1954 Frederiksberg C / t +45 4045 4162 / peteralsted@gmail.com / www.peteralsted.dk


Production companies Hegnsvad/Alsted
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Kristoffer Hegnsvad
Interpreter Mamadou Mane


Screenplay Kristoffer Hegnsvad
Screenplay Peter Alsted
Translation Jo Camara
Translation Anne-Grete Camara
Translation Marion Auger
Translation Khassim Dia
Translation Ann-Lisbeth Holm


Producer Kristoffer Hegnsvad
Producer Peter Alsted
Production Mamadou Mane
Production Assane Sene


Cinematographer Peter Alsted


Stills Kristoffer Hegnsvad


Editor Anders Obbekjær
Editing supervisor Mikael Kloster Ebbesen


Composer Adam Mckenzie
Composer Rune Glerup


Sound Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Mixer Kevin Koch
Mixer Anne Gry Friis Kristensen

Visual effects

Graphic design Troels Schwarz
Colourist Martin Simonsen


Narrator Jørgen Leth


Appearance Ndoffene Diouf
Appearance Yuossou Faye
Appearance Tonton Leo
Coach Amadou Katy Diop
Appearance Ecurie Ndakaru

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2014-08-25
CPH:DOX 2013-11-07
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