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Sia, the Dream of the Python (2001)

Sia, le rêve du python (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 May 2002 (USA)
Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. When a girl named Sia is the next to be sacrificed, she hides in the house of the village idiot, a man who goes ... See full summary »


Dani Kouyaté


Moussa Diagana (play), Moussa Diagana (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Fatoumata Diawara ... Sia
Sotigui Kouyaté ... Wakhané
Habib Dembélé Habib Dembélé ... Le griot
Hamadoun Kassogué Hamadoun Kassogué ... Kerfa
Ibrahim Baba Cissé Ibrahim Baba Cissé ... Mamadi
Kardigué Laïco Traoré Kardigué Laïco Traoré ... Kaya Maghan
Marietou Kouyaté Marietou Kouyaté ... L'impératrice
Fily Traoré Fily Traoré ... Kélétigui
Kary Coulibaly Kary Coulibaly ... Le coiffeur
Abdoulaye Komboudri Abdoulaye Komboudri ... Le froussard
Ahmed Kadio Ahmed Kadio ... Le prince
Djeneba Diawara Djeneba Diawara ... La mère de Sia
Toumansé Coulibaly Toumansé Coulibaly ... Le père de Sia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sangaré Bréhima Sangaré Bréhima ... Background
Fanny Touré Fanny Touré ... La vendeuse de dolo (as Fantani Touré)


Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. When a girl named Sia is the next to be sacrificed, she hides in the house of the village idiot, a man who goes around shouting hyper-aggressive criticisms against everything. Sia is found by the soldiers but the army commander had for some time prepared a revolt against the emperor and saves Sia on the way. Will Sia reveals the terrible secret she learned about the Python God ? Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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France | Burkina Faso



Release Date:

24 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,313, 24 May 2002, Limited Release

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A young Girl is to be slaughtered in a human sacrifice but "saved" by her lover
14 November 2001 | by DocMSee all my reviews

The story outline is simple and complex at the same time: A young girl is picked to be slaughtered as a human sacrifice to

the "Python God". Her fiance is in the army at the front, his uncle, head of the army, delays the sacrifice until he returns to "say goodbye". This delay is supported by Sia's (the girl's) escape. In the end she is saved from death, but the structure of "the state", the religious

beliefs of the people, and in fact the love between Sia and her fiance are either ruined or turned out to be lies. In the struggle the state is overthrown, but the heroes of the revolution immediately turn into a lying, power-hungry class themselves immediately. In the end, becoming mad seems to be the only way of keeping a clear view of the world...

The movie supposed to be set in small village somewhere in central Africa. This village is basically "the state", whose army is engaged in some trouble at "the front". All sets, the town, the people are mere prototype and sometimes one has the impression of watching a theatre play instead of a movie, yet the impression one cen get from the african life is very well made. And the insiights into the internal entaglements, intrigues, lies and relationship of "the state"'s ruling class and the entire people are funny and alarmingly realistic at the same time.

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