Villa Madjo

Her white-skinned father was born in Africa, and her black-skinned mother was born in Europe. A complex story of her family, colonialism and the interracial couple. 


Starting from the observation that her father -who is white- was born in Africa, andthat her mother -who is black- was born in Europe, the director reveals the complex history of her family, from colonialism to their experience of the interracial couple in Europe in the 1950's and 70's.

Theme(s): , Colonialism, Identity, Racism


Director | , Elen Sylla Grollimund
Year | , 2023
Country | , Belgium
Duration | 13 minutes
Original language | , French
Subtitles | , English
Sound | Thomas Ferrando
Editing | Sébastien Demeffe
Animation | Elen Sylla Grollimund



Elen Sylla Grollimund


Elen Sylla Grollimund is a photographer, video maker and animator based in Brussels. She
studied photography at LABA in Brescia (Italy) and then worked in Paris as a photographer and
videomaker with several music artists. After moving to Brussels, in 2019 she joined the
collective Atelier Graphoui, where she leads experimental and animation workshops and
directs collective films like "Mouvement d'identité" (2019), "Et la lumière fût et autres
illuminations" (2019), "Ceci n'est pas une fiction" (2019), "Le Fil(M)agique" (2019), "7 jours sur
7" ( Triennale de Louvain La Neuve, 2021). Villa Madjo is her first short documentary.


Festival international du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand • Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa Tanger • Festival international du film documentaire et du court métrage de Bilbao



24 July 2024 at 20h45

Parc des Compagnons-de-Saint-Laurent 

This film is included in screening Short film competition – Programme #3