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.
In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »
A young mute woman is raped and becomes pregnant, with disastrous consequences within her family. The film also sketches the social/economic situation in urban Mali in the 1970s, ... See full summary »
In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the ... See full summary »
Roger Gnoan M'Bala
Ziable Honoré Goore Bi
In Ethiopia; there is a slow boiling of a feud between a wealthy Lord and a protester who feels he is mistreating his laborers. While the viewer gets to closely examine the culture, conversations, and lives of the locals who surround them.
A young manager of a factory encounters a man walking along a road who says his family traditionally are servants to the manager's family. The manager offers him a job, and as he watches ... See full summary »
Balla Moussa Keita,
May not be a remarkable film, but it is definitely worthwhile. Sadly the strengths aren't in its plot, which zigs when it should zag and goes for the awkward plot solutions just to move the movie forward (some don't even make historical sense). Fortunately in the end the whole film nicely wraps up and despite the almost Hollywood happy ending it just feels so fitting that you wouldn't envisage it any other way. In a movie about ancestral pride and the private coping with the heritage of colonialism only an optimistic and upbeat note feels to suit the movie. It is about moving forward and going on with your head up high.
All in all what is said and suggested in various scenes of the movie makes it a worthwhile experience. The sub-textual Pieces d'Identities and all connotations around this essential theme is makes this an essential African movie.
Mani Kongo (Gérard Essomba) is the king of the Bakongo. Years have passed since the fall of colonialism but most Congolese live with a smaller or larger stigma of the Belgian rule. His only daughter, Mwana, (Dominique Mesa) left for Belgium to study being a doctor, but contact with her has been lost. Mani Kongo decides to travel to Belgium in search of his beloved daughter. On arriving he will have to cope with the very best and the very worst of the black diaspora, as well as with prejudices rampant in European society. He himself will find good friends amongst poor low-class whites showing that nothing is ever black or white...
I feel this may be a very poor summary, that doesn't necessarily explain the movie and all its strengths. I will however note that tech credits and acting are excellent.
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