Most Popular Titles With Primary Country of Origin Senegal


1. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

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72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,298

2. Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama

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91 Metascore

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, Dominique Zeïda

Votes: 3,141 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

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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, Ousseynou Diop

Votes: 1,753

4. Xala (1975)

123 min | Comedy

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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, Fatim Diagne

Votes: 1,348

5. Hyenas (1992)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

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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 »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf, Calgou Fall

Votes: 625

6. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 551

7. The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)

Not Rated | 45 min | Drama, Family

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A girl sells copies of Soleil, the government paper.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Moussa Baldé, Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall, Dieynaba Laam

Votes: 529

8. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 379

9. Twist à Popenguine (1994)

95 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Coura Ba, Jean-François Balmer, Ousmane Bo, Abou Camara

Votes: 64

10. Borom sarret (1963)

20 min | Short, Drama

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Boron Sarret is arguably the first film made by a black African. It illustrates poverty in Senegal, particularly for the working man

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Ly Abdoulay, Albourah

Votes: 637

11. Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (2008)

PG | 102 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

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59 Metascore

Senegalese pop sensation Youssou Ndour has spent the last 20 years in the spotlight as a world-renowned musician and the iconic representative "voice of Africa." At the height of his career... See full summary »

Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Youssou N'Dour, Peter Gabriel, Moustapha Mbaye, Kabou Guèye

Votes: 108 | Gross: $0.17M

12. Karmen Gei (2001)

86 min | Musical, Romance, Drama

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67 Metascore

Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire.

Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka | Stars: Djeïnaba Diop Gaï, Magaye Niang, Stephanie Biddle, Thierno Ndiaye Doss

Votes: 193

13. Faat Kiné (2001)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia, Mariama Balde

Votes: 225 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Emitaï (1971)

103 min | Drama

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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Andongo Diabon, Robert Fontaine, Michel Renaudeau, Ousmane Camara

Votes: 183

15. Sembene! (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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68 Metascore

Meet Ousmane Sembene, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon.

Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Ousmane Sembene

Votes: 109 | Gross: $0.03M

16. Badou Boy (1970)

56 min

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Sarcastic look at Senegal's capital following the adventures of a somewhat immoral street urchin.

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty | Stars: Laminé Ba, Al Demba Ciss, Christoph Colomb, Aziz Diop Mambéty

Votes: 90

17. Ndeysaan (2001)

90 min | Drama

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Mythical story about a fishing village on the south coast of Senegal. Two men in the village are both in love with the same beautiful girl.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Stars: Hubert Koundé, Rokhaya Niang, Gora Seck, Alioune Ndiaye

Votes: 90

18. Samedi Cinema (2016)

12 min | Short, Drama

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Two children write letters to get enough money to go to the cinema. Saturday is their last chance to see the ending of the movie. The local city theater is closing down.

Director: Mamadou Dia | Stars: Cheikh Anta Diogue, Fallou Keita, Assane Lo, Saikou Lô

Votes: 17

19. Tableau ferraille (1997)

Not Rated | 92 min

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Tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician must choose between two social paradigms exemplified ... See full summary »

Director: Moussa Sene Absa | Stars: Ismaël Lô, Ndèye Fatou Ndaw, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Ahmed Attia

Votes: 48

20. Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Drama

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In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage.

Director: Jeremy Teicher | Stars: Alpha Dia, Cheikh Dia, Mboural Dia, Mouhamed Diallo

Votes: 119

21. Le certificat (1981)

85 min

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Director: Tidiane Aw | Stars: Abou Camara, Yves Diagne, Serigne N'Diaye, Isseu Niang

22. Le franc (I) (1994)

Not Rated | 46 min | Comedy

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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, Aminata Fall, Demba Bâ

Votes: 182

23. Baraka (1998)

54 min

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Directors: Jean-Paul Colleyn, Victoria Ebin

Votes: 143

24. Kaddu Beykat (1976)

90 min | Drama

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Director: Safi Faye | Stars: Assane Faye, Maguette Gueye

Votes: 17

25. Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994)

60 min | Documentary

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Directors: Manthia Diawara, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o | Star: Ousmane Sembene

Votes: 21

26. Bàttu (2000)

105 min

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Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Juliette Ba, Isaach De Bankolé, Makena Diop, Eriq Ebouaney

Votes: 13

27. Billo : Il grand Dakhaar (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

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A Senegalese boy arrives in Italy in search of fortune, with the desire to work in the fashion world. But life throws in some tragicomic situations.

Director: Laura Muscardin | Stars: Thierno Thiam, Susy Laude, Marco Bonini, Paolo Gasparini

Votes: 30

28. Jom (1982)

80 min | Drama

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Director: Ababacar Samb-Makharam | Stars: Abou Camara, Lamine Amadou Camara, Fatou Fall, Omar Gueye

Votes: 20

29. Fad'jal (1979)

108 min | Documentary

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Director: Safi Faye

30. The Revolution Won't Be Televised (2016)

110 min | Documentary

5.6
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Old men who brutally and relentlessly cling on to their roles as heads of state have become colossally negative images in many countries of Africa, including Senegal. When President ... See full summary »

Director: Rama Thiaw

Votes: 28

31. Bois d'ébène (2016 TV Movie)

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Director: Moussa Touré | Stars: Gray Orsatelli, Erico Salamone, Kahdim Séne, Adja Katy Touré

Votes: 5

32. Parlons grand-mère (1989)

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Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty

Votes: 7

33. Une place dans l'avion (2016)

Short, Comedy

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Director: Khadidiatou Sow

34. Cendres (2013)

74 min | Documentary

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Directors: Idrissa Guiro, Mélanie Pavy | Star: Hiromi Asai

Votes: 5

35. Le bracelet de bronze (1976)

115 min | Crime, Drama

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Director: Tidiane Aw | Stars: Nar Sene, Isseu Niang, Christoph Colomb, Tidiane Aw

36. Les feux de Mansaré (2009)

80 min | Drama

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Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Stars: Khady Ndiaye Bijou, Ibrahima Mbaye

Votes: 5

37. Picc mi (1992)

20 min | Short

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Follows the story of two young boys and their adventure through the streets of Africa.

Director: Mansour Sora Wade | Star: Youssou N'Dour

Votes: 54

38. The Sonhrai Empire (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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A documentary on the history of the Songhai empire.

Director: Ousmane Sembene

39. Selbe (1983)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Safi Faye

40. Nitt... Ndoxx (1988)

86 min | Documentary

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Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka | Star: Joe Ramanjeliffa

41. Niiwam (1988)

80 min | Drama, Comedy

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Harrowing story of a man who is forced to travel on a public bus with the body of his dead infant daughter in order to bury her.

Director: Clarence Thomas Delgado | Stars: Rama Thiam, Samba Wane

Votes: 6

42. Lamb (1964)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Paulin Vieyra

43. City of Contrasts (1969)

22 min | Short

7.0
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A somewhat-humorous look at the city of Dakar, its people, architecture, politics, social behavior, and even the white French tourists, and especially the influence of France's culture and ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty

Votes: 80

44. La passante (1972)

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Director: Safi Faye | Star: Safi Faye

45. Baks (1974)

90 min

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Director: Momar Thiam | Stars: Omar Mbow, Myriam Niang, Nar Sene

46. Tauw (1970)

24 min | Short

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A young unemployed man fends off accusations of laziness and makes a home for his pregnant girlfriend who has been rejected by her family.

Director: Ousmane Sembene

Votes: 15

47. Mere-Bi (2009)

55 min | Documentary

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Senegal's first female journalist, 82-year-old Annette Mbaye d'Erneville, has been an active pioneer and campaigner for gender equality since the earliest days of the Senegalese women's ... See full summary »

Director: William Mbaye Ousmane | Star: Annette M'Baye d'Erneville

48. Contained (2016)

8 min | Short, Drama

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A man quarantined for being suspected of having Ebola begins to question his health as well as his psychological state.

Director: Mamadou Dia | Stars: Hoji Fortuna, Zainab Musa

49. End of the Road (2010)

R | 73 min | Documentary, Adventure

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Desperate to dispel the ridicule of their peers, two life-long friends attempt to travel 4000 miles across seven countries and the Sahara desert in a car bought for 100 pounds.

Director: Richard Nicholls | Stars: Alexis Dubus, Sy Thomas

Votes: 26

50. If Trees Could Talk (2017)

43 min | Documentary | Completed

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A documentary about Issa Samb, aka, Jo Ouakam, the Senegalese painter, writer, sculptor, poet, philosopher, singer.

Director: Bara Diokhane



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