Meïssa is a portrait of Meïssa Fall a Senegalese bicycle repairman, artist and philosopher. The camera follows Meïssa on his daily ventures juggling between the identities of an artist and that of a mechanic. At a metal workshop, under the supervision of the artist, workers transform abandoned metal parts into imaginative sculptures and masks. Through his down to earth philosophy Meïssa explores the role of the artist in society and the meaning of making art as leaving a trace in the world.
Emilia Rüf is currently finishing her master studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland. With a background in photography and social sciences she now is concentrating on documentary filmmaking.