Most Popular Wolof-Language Feature Films


1. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 69,611 | Gross: $5.10M

2. Goodbye Solo (2008)

R | 91 min | Drama

7.4
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89 Metascore

Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Souleymane Sy Savane, Red West, Diana Franco Galindo, Lane 'Roc' Williams

Votes: 4,945 | Gross: $0.87M

3. Wonderful World (2009)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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48 Metascore

Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills.

Director: Joshua Goldin | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Kenneth Williams, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 2,161 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

7.1
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 1,289

5. Xala (1975)

123 min | Comedy

6.8
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It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb, Fatim Diagne

Votes: 1,156

6. Restless City (2011)

R | 80 min | Drama, Music

6.0
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59 Metascore

Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Director: Andrew Dosunmu | Stars: Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Hervé Diese, Momo Dione, Ger Duany

Votes: 179

7. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

6.9
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 447

8. Little Senegal (2001)

97 min | Drama

7.0
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After many years of having worked as a tour guide at the Senegalese slave museum, Alloune decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. They were taken away from his village 200 years ago and sold as slaves in the New World.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Sotigui Kouyaté, Sharon Hope, Roschdy Zem, Karim Traoré

Votes: 366

9. La pirogue (2012)

87 min | Drama

6.7
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74 Metascore

A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

Director: Moussa Touré | Stars: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall, Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé, Balla Diarra

Votes: 285

10. Aujourd'hui (I) (2012)

86 min | Drama

6.4
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Satché is about to die. He decides to make his last day on this world the day of his life.

Director: Alain Gomis | Stars: Saul Williams, Djolof Mbengue, Anisia Uzeyman, Aïssa Maïga

Votes: 165

11. Hyenas (1992)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf, Calgou Fall

Votes: 529

12. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

7.8
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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Philippe Chamelat, Moussa Cissoko

Votes: 315

13. Mandabi (1968)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang, Serigne N'Diayes

Votes: 345

14. Emitaï (1971)

103 min | Drama

7.3
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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Robert Fontaine, Michel Remaudeau, Pierre Blanchard, Ibou Camara

Votes: 149

15. Karmen Gei (2001)

86 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

6.4
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67 Metascore

Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire.

Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka | Stars: Djeïnaba Diop Gaï, Magaye Niang, Stephanie Biddle, Thierno Ndiaye Doss

Votes: 184

16. Faat Kiné (2001)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A forty-year-old woman refuses to give into the stigma of unwed motherhood and climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia, Mariama Balde

Votes: 199 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Under the Starry Sky (2013)

87 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Dyana Gaye | Stars: Ralph Amoussou, Marème Demba Ly, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Babacar M'Baye Fall

Votes: 62

18. Police Beat (2005)

80 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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58 Metascore

An African-born bicycle cop encounters strange and mysterious situations on his police beat in urban Seattle.

Director: Robinson Devor | Stars: Pape Sidy Niang, Allan Armstrong, Eric Breedlove, Ingrid Sanai Buron

Votes: 311

19. Guelwaar (1992)

115 min | Drama

7.3
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Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Abou Camara, Marie Augustine Diatta, Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Moustapha Diop

Votes: 211

20. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)

45 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall, Tayerou M'Baye

Votes: 375

21. Le certificat (1981)

85 min

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Director: Tidiane Aw | Stars: Abou Camara, Yves Diagne, Serigne N'Diaye, Isseu Niang

22. The Price of Forgiveness (2001)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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Mythical story about a fishing village on the south coast of Senegal. Two men in the village are both in love with the same beautiful girl.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Stars: Hubert Koundé, Rokhaya Niang, Gora Seck, Alioune Ndiaye

Votes: 83

23. Mossane (1996)

105 min | Drama

7.6
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Mossane is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who has just reached marriageable age in a village in Senegal. She has many suitors, including a simple-minded farmer's son who plans to drag her ... See full summary »

Director: Safi Faye | Stars: Magou Seck, Isseu Niang, Moustapha Yade, Abou Camara

Votes: 47

24. Billo il grand dakhaar (2007)

90 min | Comedy

6.8
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A Senegalese boy arrives in Italy in search of fortune, with the desire to work in the fashion world. But life throws in some tragicomic situations.

Director: Laura Muscardin | Stars: Thierno Thiam, Susy Laude, Marco Bonini, Paolo Gasparini

Votes: 30

25. TGV (1998)

88 min | Comedy

7.2
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The TGV? No, it is not the famous French high-speed train, but instead the rickety and colourful bus operated, driven, repaired and, if need be, pushed by the intrepid "Rambo". This time, ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Touré | Stars: Makena Diop, Al Hamdou Traore, Bernard Giraudeau, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu

Votes: 149

26. Saint Louis Blues (2009)

48 min | Drama

6.5
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This sweet musical takes us on a cross-country trip through Senegal, from Dakar to Saint Louis in a battered taxi, as passengers sing their stories.

Director: Dyana Gaye | Stars: Umban Gomez de Kset, Mbègne Kassé, Anne Jeanine Barboza, Bigué N'Doye

Votes: 38

27. Teranga Blues (2007)

95 min | Musical

6.6
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After being discovered illegally residing in France, a young Senegalese musician is sent home with only 20 euros in his pocket. After a series of poor decisions, he falls into an abyss of ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Lord Alajiman, Juliette Ba, Yakhara Deme, Zeka Laplaine

Votes: 7

29. Badou Boy (1970)

56 min

7.1
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Sarcastic look at Senegal's capital following the adventures of a somewhat immoral street urchin.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Laminé Ba, Al Demba Ciss, Christoph Colomb, Aziz Diop Mambéty

Votes: 71

30. Lettere dal Sahara (2006)

100 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Vittorio De Seta | Stars: Luciano Cravino, Djibril Kébé, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Stefano Saccotelli

Votes: 61

31. Identity Pieces (1998)

97 min

6.3
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A Congonese king arrives in Brussels in search of his long-lost daughter.

Director: Mweze Ngangura | Stars: Gérard Essomba, Dominique Mesa, Herbert Flack, David Steegen

Votes: 124

32. Jom (1982)

80 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Ababacar Samb-Makharam | Stars: Abou Camara, Lamine Amadou Camara, Fatou Fall, Omar Gueye

Votes: 17

33. Ramata (2009)

90 min | Drama

5.8
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Ramata is a spellbindingly beautiful woman in her fifties. She has been married for thirty years now to Matar Samb, a very rich man, a former prosecutor who is now Minister of Justice. They... See full summary »

Director: Léandre-Alain Baker | Stars: Katoucha, Viktor Lazlo, Ibrahima Mbaye

Votes: 11

34. Tableau ferraille (1997)

92 min

7.0
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Tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician must choose between two social paradigms exemplified ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Ismaël Lô, Ndèye Fatou Ndaw, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Ahmed Attia

Votes: 41

35. Parlons grand-mère (1989)

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Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty

36. N'Diangane (1975)

100 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Mahama Traoré | Star: Abou Camara

Votes: 6

37. Wrestling Grounds (2005)

105 min

6.7
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Director: Cheikh Ndiaye | Stars: Lea Cartier, Moustapha Gueye, Mohamed Ndao, Aziz Ndiaye

Votes: 14

38. Un amour d'enfant (2004)

96 min | Comedy

6.2
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Director: Ben Diogaye Beye | Stars: Sega Beye, Habib Diara, Fatou Diouf, Fatou Fall

Votes: 11

39. Xew Xew (1984)

85 min

9.4
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Director: N'Gaido Ba | Stars: Abdoulaye Diop, Djemba Djemba

Votes: 16

40. Ainsi meurent les anges (2001)

56 min

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Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Yakhara Deme, El Hadj Dieng, Ndèye Thiaba Diop, Zeka Laplaine

41. Kodou (1973)

100 min

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Director: Ababacar Samb-Makharam | Stars: Madeleine Diallo, Fatou Fall, N'Deye Gueye, Dieynaba Niang

42. Le mémoire (2013)

50 min | Drama

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Director: Matar Badiane

43. Diegue-Bi (1970)

90 min

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Director: Mahama Traoré | Stars: Yves Diagne, Amy Diop, Isseu Niang

44. Lambaaye (1972)

80 min

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Director: Mahama Traoré | Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Isseu Niang

45. Reou-Takh (1972)

89 min

9.0
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Director: Mahama Traoré | Stars: Ségolène Royal, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 5

46. Waalo Fendo - Là où la terre gèle (1997)

63 min

7.4
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Director: Mohammed Soudani | Stars: Saidou Moussa Ba, Baara N'Gom, Souleymane Ndiaye

Votes: 8

47. Garga M'Bosse (1975)

80 min

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The farmer Birama and his wife Penda live with their son Aliou and their goats and chickens in a small village. Because of the drought they have to leave and move to the big city.

Director: Mahama Traoré | Stars: Abou Camara, Makhouredia Gueye

48. Karim (1971)

65 min

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About the amorous adventures of Karim, a young Senegalese Muslim torn between the duties of traditional society and the temptations of the West.

Director: Momar Thiam

49. Baks (1974)

90 min

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Director: Momar Thiam | Stars: Omar Mbow, Myriam Niang, Nar Sene

50. Saaraba (1988)

90 min

6.7
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Tamsir returns to Senegal after 17 years in Europe. His uncle gives him a patronage job in Dakar, virtually without duties. He visits his family's village to see his parents, and there he ... See full summary »

Director: Amadou Saalum Seck

Votes: 25