Katy Lena Ndiaye


Freedom, money, a story of CFA franc is a feature-length documentary about this currency inherited from the French colonial system and still in circulation in a dozen African countries. The film combines archival footage and interviews with economists, intellectuals and former political leaders, taking us on a journey through the continent’s history, from the end of the 19th century to the present day.

Lena Ndiaye’s previous films, On a le temps pour nous, En attendant les hommes and Traces Empreintes de femmes, have been awarded at numerous festivals.

Alongside her career as a documentary filmmaker, Lena Ndiaye has spent many years working for television. She presented and directed the magazines Reflets Sud and Afrique Plurielle (from 2000 to 2018). Programs on African issues (culture and society…) broadcast on TV5 Monde and RTBF (the French-speaking Belgian public broadcaster).

Lena Ndiaye is currently developing IndigoMood films, a production company founded in 2013 and based in Senegal.


2003 Traces, empreintes de femmes; documentary
 En attendant les hommes; documentary 
2019 On a le temps pour nous; documentary 
2022 Freedom, money, a story of CFA franc; documentary