Sophie Salbot

After her work with the Les Films de la Plaine production company, securing the production of several feature films, including the films by Idrissa Ouédraogo “Samba Traoré” (Silver Bear – Berlin 1993), “Le cri du coeur” (Official Selection – Venice 1994) and Kini & Adams (Official Selection – Cannes 1997), Sophie Salbot founded her own production company, Athénaïse. This company has the aim of defending and supporting cinema that enriches us with a sensitive knowledge of others, whether they are nearby or faraway – a cinema that provides us evidence of the world’s unity in its rich cultural diversity, with its contradictions and its tensions.

Since 2003, her practice in documentary production has led her to new forms of shared experience, new networks of artistic co-operation, investing her time and energy in Africadoc, an association geared to the development of an array of educational and training programs for young African filmmakers, in order to play a part in the emergence of a new generation of documentary and creative film.

After different documentaries and feature films for television including “Une fenêtre ouverte” (First Film Award – Vue sur les Docks, Marseille 2005) by Khady Sylla and “Tèt grenné” by Christian Grandman, “Rêves de poussière” is the first full-length feature film from Athénaïse.