Quite wonderful picture from Senegal that pits traditional village customs against the will of a young woman determined to save her sister from an arranged marriage to pay the family debts. Dior Ma is quite the find as the determined girl and the naturalistic script and settings is quite universal. The calmness and tranquility are interestingly at odds with the inner turmoil of the young characters. Excellent.
a simple tale yet affecting. an example of how a lack of education and a broader understanding holds people back, stuck in traditions that don't help anyone, sell your daughter, a mere child. the older daughter and the son were so willing to take responsibility yet the father gives his responsibility to a non existent deity.
Having spent a couple of years living in a village in W.Africa I found this a wonderfully honest and accurate depiction of life there. It felt very familiar and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the cultural dilemmas of the traditional meeting the modern continue.