Boucar Diouf falls for Dixville
small and picturesque village of Dixville welcomed spring with a very special event that the town’s citizens didn’t have much time to prepare for: the filming of an episode of the French language television show La Petite Seduction. “They approached us about doing the show because another town had just backed out, so we had only six weeks, instead of nine, to prepare for it,” explained the mayor of Dixville, Martin Saindon. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, the town had only seven hundred residents from which to draw the volunteers needed to think up and organize the activities, the crucial element of the show that has a small community trying to win over a famous person, somewhat based on the Canadian movies of the same name.
As it turned out, it was a match made in heaven as the small, rural farming community was given the task of ‘seducing’ the comedian/ scientist Boucar Diouf, who grew up himself in a small farming community in Senegal. “We had great participation for the filming, lots of volunteers and about one hundred people came out for the gatherings. Boucar was very personable and charming, and he loves little villages,” said Mr. Saindon.
Although Dixville may appear to be a ‘sleepy’ little community, apparently there is a lot going on there. During the filming of the show, Mr. Diouf met with interesting Dixvillians such as seniors who have lived there all their lives, the principal of the local elementary school, young farmers, a woman who runs the local sawmill, and many more.
After learning a lot about the town’s past, Boucar got a glimpse of how and where the town would like to grow in the
Boucar receiving gifts at the final gathering with mayor Martin Saindon to the left.
Dixville mayor Martin Saindon (centre) with La Petite Seduction host Dany Turcotte and comedian Boucar