MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,899 this week

Wend Kuuni (1982)

 |  Drama  |  27 March 1983 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 128 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 3 critic

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 41 titles
created 03 Mar 2012
 
a list of 206 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
 
a list of 520 titles
created 08 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 04 Mar 2014
 
a list of 670 titles
created 22 Apr 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Wend Kuuni" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Wend Kuuni (1982)

Wend Kuuni (1982) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wend Kuuni.
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Repentance (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden and is secretly reburied. But the corpse keeps returning, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Tengiz Abuladze
Stars: Avtandil Makharadze, Ia Ninidze, Zeinab Botsvadze
Xala (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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
Touki Bouki (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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
The Law (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken ... See full summary »

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo
Stars: Rasmané Ouédraogo, Ina Cissé, Roukietou Barry
Le franc (1994)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes of eventually retrieving his instrument from his exasperating landlady. The ticket wins, ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Stars: Dieye Ma Dieye, Aminata Fall, Demba Bâ
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »

Directors: Zhuangzhuang Tian, Peicheng Pan
Stars: Daiba, Jiji Dan, Drashi
Moolaadé (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré
Levoton veri (1946)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Teuvo Tulio
Stars: Regina Linnanheimo, Eino Katajavuori, Toini Vartiainen
Sankofa (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima
Stars: Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah
Zan Boko (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member of the community involves the burial of the placenta. The space in which the placenta... See full summary »

Director: Gaston Kaboré
Stars: Mathias Bayili, Colette Kaboré, Joseph Nikiema
Adwa (1999)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1896, Ethiopia, an African nation, largely armed with spears and knives, defeats a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization.

Director: Haile Gerima
Sarraounia (1986)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On January 2 1899, starting from the French Soudan, a french column under the commandment of the captains Voulet and Chanoine is send against the black Sultan Rabah in what is now the ... See full summary »

Director: Med Hondo
Stars: Aï Keïta, Jean-Roger Milo, Féodor Atkine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Serge Yanogo ...
Wendkouni
Rosine Yanogo ...
Pognere
Joseph Nikiema ...
Tinga
Colette Kaboré ...
Lale
Simone Tapsoba ...
Koudbila
Yaya Wima ...
Bila
Martine Ouedraogo ...
Timpoko
Boucare Ouedraogo ...
Razougou
Mohammed Thiombiano
Jean Ouedraogo
Augustine Yameogo ...
Aunt
Naba Liguidi
Bernadette Nombre
Saidou Ouedraogo
Georgette Zongo
Edit

Storyline

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him with a family in the nearest village. After a search for his parents, the family adopts him, giving him the name Wend Kuuni (God's Gift) and a loving sister with whom he bonds. Wend Kuuni regains his speech only after witnessing a tragic event that prompts him to reveal his own painful history. Written by Excerpted from the Harvard Film Archive Bulletin.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

God's Gift  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Buud Yam (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nice look at traditional West Africa
9 May 1999 | by (New York state, USA) – See all my reviews

Wend Kuuni gives an interesting slice of life in a traditional West African society. The film was made in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) so I assume that's where it is set. The plot is ostensibly about a mute boy who is adopted. He was traumautized into muteness after he and his mother were chased out of their old village because she was thought to have been a witch. She died of exhaustion (literally) and he was found by a traveller who took him to another village. He is unable to communicate any of his past for a long time but while walking in a field at night, he views a corpse hanging from a tree and that stuns him into speech. The story was ok, but its forte was more in the presentation of very traditional life and customs in this West African country. It has a very slow, meandering pace to it, much like the culture itself. Not a chef d'oeuvre, but interesting nonetheless.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Wend Kuuni (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?