Hollywood goes black – photographers reshoot 20 iconic movie scenes in Senegal hotel

The Matrix

When looking for their next big project, Senegalese photographers Omar Victor Diop and Antoine Tempé decided to pick something close to their hearts – western cinema.

The pair long adored Hollywood classics like Thelma and Louise, American Beauty and Pulp Fiction – and hit upon the idea of reframing these flicks in a Senegalese location, using local actors. ONOMOllywood is the result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys

The series of 20 striking images features a cast who comprise a representative sample of the cultural scenes that one would find if they were to visit Dakar and Abidjan today, while the locations all belong to a single Senegalese hotel chain, ONOMO.

Pulp Fiction

Explaining the unusual project setting, Tempé says: “I’ve always been fascinated by hotels; for the traveler, they are ephemeral places, where adventures begin or end, where journeys unfold.

American Beauty

“For this project I viewed them as canvasses where I could make new places, new people and new styles meet.”


Thelma and Louise

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