The film centers on a young, illiterate, crippled girl named Sili from a shantytown on the outskirts of Dakar who decides one day to abandon her blind grandmother’s vocation of begging in the street and take up the physically demanding job of selling newspapers.
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Djibril Diop Mambety's swan song, perhaps my most favorite African film ever. 45 minutes long, I call it a feature film, not a short, as it is a powerful and complete story. Touki Bouki is perhaps the most famous West African film, but I love this one even more. Lissa Balera stars, and she also has a cameo in "Le Franc". Where is she now? Mambety only made 7 films in his life, if you only see one, see this one.
4,5. Without the iconoclastic and kinetic experimentation of some of his previous films, this movie is a fictionalized portrait of a generation, a people, a territory, an economic and cultural reality. Shortly, with an impressive wealth of nuances and the unparalleled accuracy of a plastic and ethical look, Mambéty remakes a cinema done at the expense of "good feelings", from within and with no complacency.
A beautiful film. Mambety's art is sorely underrated and under-discussed. I like the long reach of Sembene, but I prefer short the thrust of Mambety. Somehow, his characters and his mode of expression is a hair more personal...and at times more haunting.
Just saw this for the first time. It's a perfect film. I knew I was going to like it when they shot the man's hands, dust-covered, making gravel with a hammer. The heroine is all muscle, and the film maker creates scenes in which she soars.
The syntagm "courage of children" can only go so far in these ruthless & cut-throat times -- a limp & empty talisman. Mambety's flm foists a banal version of this, a fable, a falsification worthy of Wordsworth, one perused through rose-colored glasses, inserted here into a sterile vacuum. This is more like affirmative action -- African-style -- for the young and disabled.