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Hello Dakar!

When a Swedish company that supervises mobility services wants to open a call centre in Senegal the hunt for local language wizards is on. Who has got what it takes to pass the crash course in Swedish and get a position?

Senegal might be one of West Africa’s most stable democracies but it is still a very poor country. One third of Senegal’s young academics are unemployed and when the ad for the new jobs at the Swedish call centre is published over 650 hopeful applicants respond.

After many tests and interviews 24 gifted young people, who already speak at least three languages, are selected for the course in Swedish. They have just seven months to learn the language fluently and only the best of them will pass the tough final exam.

The films main characters – Denise, Al Housseunou and Seynabou – all come from poor circumstances. In a quest for a better life they suddenly find themselves in a “Little Sweden” right in the middle of Dakar, where it is completely natural to sing along in Swedish songs and laugh at Swedish comedies.

A warm and humorous documentary about young people striving to improve their conditions.

Genre: Documentary
Original title: Hallå Dakar!
Sub-genres: Behind the Scences  Human Interests  
Year: 2014
Duration: 58
Script: Magdalena Rosen, Marcus Rosen
Director: Magdalena Rosen, Marcus Rosen
Producer: Charlotte Hellström
Produced by: Mästerkatt for SVT
Available in HD: Yes
Format: 16:9

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