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Faat Kiné (2001)

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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.



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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.

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Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

15 January 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Faat Kine  »

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$6,855 (USA) (30 March 2001)


$20,178 (USA) (6 April 2001)

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(Pan American Film & Arts Festival)


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A must-see if you love African cinema
29 December 2001 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Faat Kiné is a fascinating mixture of drama, humor, and sociology. This is one of the first African films I have seen where all the characters are African--no colonial arrogance or benevolence intrudes into the story. (Granted, the fact that everyone in this African nation communicates in French automatically brings the colonial power into the story, but none of the characters is French.) Sembene is a master, and he manages to develop a masterpiece with what is obviously a low budget and a mostly amateur cast. There is a confrontational scene near the end of the film that is somewhat formulaic. Other than that, I have nothing but praise for this picture and its director.

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