The Vanishing

DIRECTOR: rama thiaw
90 minutes | SENEGAL, France

One evening in August 2012, my mother vanished. We have been searching for her ever since, but in all these years, we haven’t found a single sign that she is still alive.

What remains of Mariama? What imprint did she make, what legacy did she leave us?

This film retraces the dazzle and distress of an African woman who navigated the half century from 1960 to 2012 with brilliance, in a life ablaze with the choice of liberty over submission.

Making The Vanishing is a way of bringing the invisible to light and, by the same stroke, tracing the course of my own desire for cinema.


Production: Boul Fallé Images, Films de Force Majeure

Release: Coming soon


MEDIA Creative Europe, Fonds Image de la Francophonie (OIF), Région Sud – development support for internationnal coproduction

This project was selected at
Pitching du réel au Festival Visions du Réel – Les Ateliers de l’Atlas – Nyon (Suisse) 2020 – Prix Vision Sud-Est


Director Rama Thiaw
Editing Niels Pagh Andersen
Animation Marie Opron
Producers Rama Thiaw, Yanis Gaye et Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Technical sheet

Format HD
5.1, stéréo
Expected length
90 min
French, Wolof