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Twist à Popenguine (1994)

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This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin.

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Coura Ba ...
Sylvie Vartan
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M. Benoit
Ousmane Bo ...
Johnny Hallyday
Abou Camara ...
El Hadj Gora
Abdoulaye Diop Danny ...
Jabeel
Mansour Diouf
Marieme Fall ...
Sheila
Patrice Nassalang ...
Clo Clo
Isseu Niang ...
Dame Castilor
Ismael Thiam ...
Baac
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This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin.

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yep
27 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ca Twiste a Popongunie brings to light several issues with the culture change that is taking place not only in Popongunie but in Africa as a whole. The director does a very good job of showing African culture without bringing any western influences or ideas into the actual filming and making of the movie. He does a very good job of showing how western culture is effecting the youth in the village. For example how the kids in the gang have a party and play music and one of the village elders hearing the music walks in to find people dancing. The village elder cuts the music and the boys who through the party were punished. Many of the children's parents were said to be "lost in the city". He refers to western cities and the mothers choose to go there and not come back because they liked the western culture better. The director shows the English teacher when he is drunk and is speaking very harshly about Poponguine, he insults the community greatly. The people of the town to not take any offense to what he says, he shows this in the movie and how the people care for him and try to make him more comfortable. He shows the kindness of the people of Poponguine very well. For the most part the movie was very easy to watch and understand. I did at times question how well the French was translated into English. There were however a few times during the movie that were hard to watch and agree with being from the western culture. In one scene the French teacher made it a rule that the students were not allowed to speak Wollif in the class, only French was to be spoken. One boy in the class broke the rule and the teacher made a younger boy take a decent sized stick and spank him 4 or 5 times. Corporal punishment to be used in that type of situation is looked down upon in most western cultures. As a viewer of the film I would recommend it to any one who is studying Africa and how western civilization and colonization has affected Africa. This is not a film to watch as entertainment it will be best used for educational purposes.


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