hybrid documentary

Burkina Faso & Switzerland


A filmmaker travels to Africa following her ancestor’s wake: Therese, a colonist of the XIX century that travelled aboard La Méduse, a french frigate that sank near the shores of Senegal in July 1816. The clash with reality and her encounters with the local, shape the evolution of her filmic efforts. 

Inspired by Theodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of Médusa, and the historical accounts of such shipwreck, the filmmaker explores the possibility of Therese not dying at sea but arriving to shore, and being able to tell her story on her own terms. Weaving past and present, the film offers an historical perspective around the themes of Love, and Shame, in order to imagine our common human future.