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Mother of the Dunes (1997)

Faraw! (original title)
The story of Zamiatou, a Songhaï woman, in North Eastern Mali. With two young sons, a pretty daughter and a handicapped husband, Zamiatou struggles to survive in a remote and barren area. ... See full summary »

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Aminata Ousmane ...
Zamiatou, la mère
Balla Moussa Keita ...
Le père
Safiatou Mahamane ...
La fille
Oumar Mbarek ...
Fils 1
Hamel Mbarek ...
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The story of Zamiatou, a Songhaï woman, in North Eastern Mali. With two young sons, a pretty daughter and a handicapped husband, Zamiatou struggles to survive in a remote and barren area. She doesn't want her daughter to "work" for white people, but her determination will take her far from her family Written by anonymous

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24 February 2007 (Burkina Faso)  »

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Mother of the Dunes  »

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Survival in a solar society
13 February 2011 | by (Eel Pie Island) – See all my reviews

Poor exposure quality sometimes hampers this excellent hand-made feature about the life of a single mother in Mali. In her region there are no motor vehicles and no telephones. The whole area seems pretty barren and she is struggling with troublesome sons and a wayward daughter. No one will let them have so much as a bowl of meal.

So, our heroine heads off to talk to all the contacts she knows, including the ones "from Satan". Finally, she thinks of her early suitor, a man who still values her, and he lets her have a fine donkey. She immediately uses it to fetch a skin of water and sell it to various itinerant customers. At last, she has a bag of meal and brings it back to her family. This stately circuit of hers is a powerful second act.

After an initial scare with her helpless husband, during the night she has a significant dream that we share with her. In the morning she finds that her daughter has turned over a new leaf: the pot is on the fire, and the young woman is off on the donkey selling water. It's a happy ending to a unique film, made on a shoe-string, but beautifully thought through and true-to-life. It's actually about the director's mother. What a gem this is, and no one on IMDb has ever seen it!


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