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Salimata Tapily, A Young Talented Malian Filmmaker with a Promising Career


Born in Bandiagara, Salimata Tapily is a young filmmaker who has directed several short films. She has plans to go very far.

At the age of 27, Salimata Tapily is noted for her talent and ability to make films about the facts surrounding her. As a student, she was fascinated by art, especially cinema. “Along with my language studies at the University of Bamako, I became interested in art, specifically cinema. This is how I proceeded to the Union of West African Film and Audiovisual Creators and Entrepreneurs (UCECAO) as part of the international festival of Nyamina, organized by the famous Malian filmmaker , Souleymane Cissé,” she says.

Her integration into the Collective of Young Talents of UCECAO in Mali, initiated by Soussaba Cissé, opened more doors to the cinema. She directed several short films, including “Bourama ka dolo ko” (alcoholic), “Tounka” (rural exodus) in 2012 “Wodiyan” in 2013. After s short training on the trade Of the cinema organized by the National Union of Filmmakers of Mali (UNCM) in 2015, Salimata realized other short films entitled: “Disconnected Mama ” and “The lesson of the day”.

In her young career as a filmmaker, his participation in two works is noted. “I am a director in the panafricain series” C’est la vie “produced a year ago in Dakar in partnership with CFI. I was also an assistant in the film “Rapt à Bamako” by Cheick Oumar Sissoko, “Goundo” (the secret) in October 2015.

She has another documentary film project being produced on the daily struggle of women in the Dogon country, called “My Story”.

Very ambitious, Salimata is working on new projects. “I’m still writing new film projects,” she told us.

Beyond her status as an artist, Salimata Tapily is also committed to the cause of women. “My struggle is to defend human rights, especially those of women. That’s why you will find that most of my themes deal with women’s issues. It is a way for me, as a woman, to fight for my cause and that of my sisters, because we live the same realities, “she said.

To master her craft, she took courses in scenario writing, production, shooting and image scripting.

After a Bachelor’s degree in Literature, she entered the Faculty of Letters, Languages, Arts and Humanities (FLASH) where she obtained a Master’s degree in English-German in 2014. She obtained a Master in Artistic and Cultural Action at the Higher Institute of Development (ISD-Mali).

The young graduate didn’t waste time penetrating the professional universe. Thus, Salimata becomes an animator in civic and cultural action, as well as a journalist for the magazine Info at the Center Afrika Obota (CAO). Deputy Secretary of the Organization of the African Union Youth Committee (JUA) in Badalabougou, former Secretary for the Promotion of Women and Children of the UNESCO Club of Flash and Administrative Secretary of the University Coordination of Bamako. Salimata Tapily is also a member of the The National Women’s Network (RENAJEF) and the Demisenw joyoro project for the war effort.

All these experiences have enabled her see and understand otherwise the realities of the moment. Thus, the best way for her to immortalize these socio-cultural and political realities is to write scripts and produce films.

Good Luck, Salimata!

Ousmane Ballo/ Le Challenger