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A corrupt politician is cursed with impotence on the night of his third wedding after embezzling 100 tons of rice.

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Thierno Leye ...
El Hadji Aboucader Beye
Myriam Niang ...
Rama, El Hadji's daughter (as Miriam Niang)
Seune Samb ...
Adja Assatu, El Hadji's first wife
Fatim Diagne ...
El Hadji's secretary
Younouss Seye ...
Oumi, El Hadji's second Wife
Mustapha Ture ...
The Client (as Moustapha Touré)
Iliamane Sagna ...
Modu, El Hadji's chauffeur
Dieynaba Niang ...
La Badiene
Langouste Drobe
Farba Sarr ...
Businessman
Abdoulaye Boye
Papa Diop
Martin Sow
Mamadou Sarr ...
Businessman
Makhouredia Gueye ...
Minister Kebe
Abdoulaye Seck ...
Businessman
Douta Seck ...
Gorgui
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Baziau
Paul-André Pellegrin
Jean-Paul Salaun
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Star Band de Dakar (uncredited)

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Ousmane Sembene

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Ousmane Sembene ... (novel)
 
Ousmane Sembene ... (screenplay)

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Paulin Vieyra ... producer (as Paulin Soumanou Vieyra)

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Samba Diabare Samb ... (as Samba Diabara Samb)

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Georges Caristan
Orlando L. López
Seydina D. Saye
Farba Seck

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Florence Eymon

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Paulin Vieyra ... production manager (as Paul S. Vieyra)

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Mawa Gay ... sound
El Hadj M'Bow ... sound

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Dia Cherif ... lighting technician
Emile Ganem ... lighting technician
Dofonou E. Lazare ... lighting technician
Michel Renaudeau ... still photographer

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Plot Summary

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 government. One official, Aboucader Beye, known by the title "El Hadji," takes advantage of some of that money to marry his third wife, to the sorrow and chagrin of his first two wives and the resentment of his nationalist daughter. But he discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence. El Hadji goes to comic lengths to find the cause and remove the xala, resulting in a scathing satirical ending. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • L'impotenza sessuale temporanea (Italy)
  • Impotence
  • The Curse
  • Ксала (Бессилие) (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Niemoc (Poland)
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  • 123 min
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Trivia Xala translates as "The Curse". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Twenty Years of African Cinema (1983). See more »
Quotes Minister Kebe: The potion must have been excellent! You haven't changed cloths yet.
Hadji Aboucader Beye: I couldn't get it up... nothing happened!
Minister Kebe: What?
Hadji Aboucader Beye: I couldn't get an erection. My mother-in-law says I have the Xala.
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