Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. But what really happens is that all the priests rape her, and then murder her, so that she cannot tell that the ... See full summary »
Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in... See full summary »
Domingos de Oliveira,
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 »
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Djibril Diop Mambéty,
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 »
Marie Augustine Diatta,
Mame Ndoumbé Diop
At a festival, a chorus of women sing and dance as two stories unfold. In a village, a young women with a jealous husband gives him something to be jealous about when his younger brother visits from the city.
Finye tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali's chiefs.
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Others have already summarized the story well, so I will just say that I have seen this film twice and am always struck by the really touching and realistic friendship between the little boy and this "old man" (as many in the film call him) who is a "griot" (storyteller and musician). Even though the ending is not really sad, I inevitably find myself crying by that time, and not that many films do that to me. The rapport between the two is just so great!
The other parts of the film dealing with the past and the legend of Sundiata are also quite well-done and gripping. You really get a sense of the movement of life in this area of Africa.
Definitely worth checking out!
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