Marko Roth – Kherou

In today’s society, we worship success. Failure is something to be ashamed of, something to be hidden. This film is an unflinching look at failure. A story about how hard work doesn’t always pay off. We follow Kherou, a young wrestler in Dakar, through the ups and downs of his career. Shot entirely on 16mm, the rough look of the film echoes the harshness of his life. This is a film about embracing our failures. Because it’s our failures more than our successes that truly shape the people we are.

“Kherou” was selected for the YDA Young Director Award in Cannes.

Inspired by Christian Bobst photo series:

Director: Marko Roth
DoP: Moritz Dehler
1st AC: Tobias Blickle
Local Producer: Meissa Seck
Wrestler: Kherou Ngor
Edit: Emma Backman
Colorist: Marina Starke
Sounddesign: Moritz Staub
Composer: Jakob Balogh
Copywriter: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus
Translator: Aline Mayerhoffer
Equipment: Vantage Film
Lab: Focus Film

Shot on:
Arriflex 416, Hawk Vlite16, Kodak 500T

Special thanks to:
Kherou Ngor, Christian Bobst, David Herbst, Tobias Fritschen, Vantage Film and Focus Film

Shot on location in Dakar, Senegal.

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