In Finzan, Cheick Oumar Sissoko has skillfully crafted a film which raises one of the most important issues of African rural life, the status of women, in a style accessible to every villager. Finzan tells the story of two women’s rebellion. Nanyuma, a young widow defies her brother-in-law, the village fool, when he asserts his traditional right to “inherit” her. Fili, a young woman sent from the city by her conservative father, is brutally “circumcised” by village women, scandalized by her refusal to submit to this ancient ritual. Sissoko weaves these two stories together into a painfully realistic picture of village society, tragically unable to free itself from the past. —California Newsreel
Cheick Oumar Sissoko (born 1945 in San, Mali) is a Malian film director and politician.
As a student in Paris, Cheick Oumar Sissoko obtained a DEA in African History and Sociology and a diploma in History and Cinema from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales. He then continued his studies in cinema at the Ecole nationale Louis Lumière.
On his return to Mali, he took up directing at the Centre National de la Production C inématographique (CNPC), where he directed Sécheresse et Exode rural (“Drought and Rural Exodus”).
In 1995, he directed Guimba (The Tyrant), which won special jury prizes at the International Film Festival of Locarno, and l’Etalon de Yennenga (“Stallion of Yennenga”) at FESPACO (the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou).
In 1999, La Genèse (Genesis) was released, which won Sissoko another Etalon de Yennenga at FESPACO. In 2000, he directed Battù, based on a novel by Aminata Sow Fall which won him the RFI Prize… read more