International Competition

Trouble Sleep

Alain Kassanda
Screening time  
15.06. / Tuesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Ticket
17.06. / Thursday, 15:00 - 16:30 Ticket

Kassanda’s freewheeling urban portrait follows two young men, Fred and Akin, as they navigate the crowded roadways of Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city. Engineering graduate Fred is beginning a new job as a taxi driver, whilst Akin patrols a busy intersection collecting tax for the National Transport Union. As they traverse the frenetic streets, the systems and networks that underlie the city begin to be exposed, revealing the order that lies beneath all the noise and apparent chaos. Punctuated by exuberant musical sequences, Trouble Sleep is a dynamic, impressionistic city symphony capturing Ibadan’s distinct rhythms from a street-level perspective. 


Alain Kassanda

Alain Kassanda, born in Kinshasa, left DRC for France at the age of 11. After studying communication he has been staging cycles of movie showingsin various Parisian theaters since 2003, and several film festivals. He has been the filmprogrammer for the movie-theater Les 39 marches in Sevran, Paris, for five years. Trouble Sleep (2020) is his first film, shot in Ibadan, Nigeria,where he has lived from 2015 to 2019.

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Trouble Sleep

France, Nigeria
2020, 41'

Directed by:
Alain Kassanda

Screenplay by:
Alain Kassanda

Alain Kassanda

Edited by:
Alain Kassanda

Florent Dupuit, Jr EakEe, Fela Kuti

Alain Kassanda

Produced by:
produced by: Alain Kassanda

Festivals & Awards:

Dok Leipzig 2020 - Golden DoveMedium Length & Short Film Competition
Visions du Réel 2020 - Special Mention Medium Length & Short Film Competition
Open City Documentary Film Festival 2020


Alain Kassanda