senegalese film


Hyenes (1992) directed by Djibril Dop Mambety

“After being kicked out of her African village three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Linguere (Ami Diakhate) has returned home. While Linguere has done well for herself, her home village has fallen on hard economic times. Intent on punishing Dramaan (Mansour Diouf), the man who fathered her child but refused to own up to the act, Linguere makes a proposal: She will help the town financially, if the locals agree to execute Dramaan.” via Google


Xala (1975) directed by Ousmane Sembene

“Senegal has finally won independence from France and the white members of the Chamber of Commerce have been thrown out. The people’s revolution of “African Socialism” begins as the black businessmen fill those empty seats, only to take enormous bribes that ensure the whites will secretly remain in power. One of these businessmen celebrates by marrying a third wife, but on the day of the wedding he finds he’s contracted the curse of Xala, rendering him impotent.” via Google

Another masterpiece from my favourite African director, Ousmane Sembene. I love how his film portfolio encompasses so many different themes, and how well he’s able to concentrate on them and make each one on such an emotional level. This one concerns itself with infantrymen returning to Africa after WW2 only to be held in prison-like camp conditions by the French before being transferred home. It addresses the racism and intolerance exhibited by the French and American armies to such an amazing degree, like showing the ignorance of the French for not reimbursing the soldier’s money, the poor food conditions, and overall lack of respect towards them and their culture. At 157 minutes, it may seem like a daunting task to watch, but I never found my eyes wandering off screen. Definitely recommended for any international cinema lover.

Comment: cocoalld said “La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil.
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun.

A short film directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty, who besides being a director, was also an actor, an orator, a composer and a poet. The film was premiered in 1999, posthumously, since he unfortunately died in 1998.
The Senegalese film depicts a young crippled girl, Silli, who decides to do a "boy’s” job. Silli bravely faces the obstacles of life in Dakar, becoming the first girl to sell the daily newspaper in the competitive world of young male newspaper vendors.
Mambéty dedicated his film to “street children.” It is available on You can watch 😊😄
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Karmen Gei (in full)*

Proudly rapacious and defiantly erotic, Karmen is both a pan-sexual force of nature and a social outlaw. Jailed in a women’s prison on notorious Goree Island, Karmen turns the table on her captors by seducing beautiful warden Angelique and escaping into the Dakar underworld. At the society wedding of prominent police corporal Lamine, Karmen denounces the rich guests, brawls with the bride and beds the groom. The love triangle between Karmen, Angelique and Lamine evolves into a more complex geometry that soon includes a smuggler and a charismatic singer. Though Karmen’s insatiable lust for life and unwavering disgust with hypocrisy sow the seeds of her operatic downfall, unlike Bizet’s opportunistic seductress, this modern African Carmen is “an incongruously independent woman finally undone by her own aphrodisiac magnetism”. via

*i’ve posted this film previously, but i’ve recently found the film online in full with English subtitles (link above). and it’s such a good film, it deserves multiple posts. 

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La Noire de… (“Black Girl”), 1966

Director: Ousmane Sembene (considered the father of African cinema)

Amazing Senegalese film that makes use of art cinema aeshetics to explore the tensions and problems of neoimperialism.  Follows Diouana, a young Senegalese woman, who is hired by a French family to watch their children.  And then winds up being pretty much imprisoned in their home, forced to do housework, and verbally abused.  Gutting material presented without sentimentality or easy solutions to difficult problems.


Le Franc (in full)*

Marigo the musician dreams with his instrument – a congoma – confiscated by his landlady because he never pays the rent. He gets hold of a lottery ticket and decides to put it in a safe place while he waits for the draw: he glues it to the back of his door. The night of the draw, fortune blinds Marigo, he is the proud owner of the winning ticket. He already sees himself as a millionaire, with a thousand congomas, an orchestra and a private plane… He even has visions of the charismatic Aminata Fall, symbol of capitalism in Africa. But there is small problem; the ticket is glued to the door…

This film uses the French government’s 50% devaluation of the West African CFA franc in 1994, and the resulting hardships as the basis for a whimsical commentary on using the lottery for survival.

Le Franc was originally intended as the first film of a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. However, Mambety’s untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film. via

*without subtitles



another great film from Senegalese filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene, this film offers a look into a religious dilemma. a Christian man has just died, and by a case of mistaken identity, his body is given a Muslim burial and buried in a Muslim cemetery. strifes between the Muslims and Christians of the town are ignited when the man’s family attempt to retrieve their beloved’s body. 

what is genius about Sembene’s films is that he offers commentary on a wide range of political and social issues effecting Africa all while telling a story. this film, along with the interesting plot, tackles foreign aid, prostitution, religion, religious strifes, adultery, and the identity issues of first generation African immigrants who study/live abroad. 

part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 (subtitles in French and English)