With a Catholic-French mother and a Muslim-Senegalese father, Karine Silla has experienced the duality of very different religions. In the eyes of many it could be a conflicting fact, on the contrary, she filled her identity with richness and freed herself from that socially established division. For this reason, she forged an education and values based on respect and empathy. The very special bond with the African land that she reflects in her latest novel is connected to the commitment she saw in her father, a man who will work at the UN, for and with the struggle for African unity.
She was born in Dakar (Senegal) in 1965. She lived her childhood and adolescence in Paris. Reading is a habit that has accompanied him since his early childhood along with dancing, a great passion that was cut short during adolescence due to a knee injury. An event that marked her, but did not stop her from spreading her wings, as on her 18th birthday she crossed the pond to study in New York. There she combined her training with modeling castings to pay her rent. The innate elegance of the young woman made the catwalks fall in love, and soon after she entered the world of acting. So much so that on her return to Paris, a film directed by Christian Francois was premiered as an actress in Sanguines.
In 2001 she wrote her first script for the film Peau D’ange directed by Vincent Perez -the writer’s current partner-. Her love for the world of cinema continued to bring her success, as ten years later she directed her first feature film Un baiser papillon.
Although in 2014 he took a turn in her career by materialising a project that is directly related to words, an element that has always accompanied her throughout her career: the publication of Monsier est mort, a novel that immerses us in Vincent’s inner life. He encounters a difficult reality and the great metamorphosis that his family has undergone after being absent for four years. The author brings us closer to a reflective language in which we discover the character’s thoughts.
And in August this year she surprised us with Aline et les hommes de guerre, a novel that the author dedicates to Aline Sitoe Diatta, the main character, the story of a real woman who fought to free herself from oppression. Set in 1920, at a time when Senegal was part of the Portuguese colonies and when the population was feeling increasingly cheated by the imposition, deforestation and slavery they suffered.
The writer shows us how Aline moved to Dakar with the aim of collecting money to pay the taxes that her uncle owed to the State. However, when she received a call from God, she decided to return to her town with the aim of freeing it from colonialism. She will be nicknamed the Joan of Arc of Africa, she will advocate peaceful civil disobedience and will open a window on the Diola ethnicity and culture of Senegal. A sensational book that envelops us in an epic, powerful and poetic story with a painful ending.