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Film Info

Film Information

Exhibition Title Xala
Original Title Xala
English Title Xala
Director Ousmane Sembène
Year 1975
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 123'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb, Fatim Diagne, Younouss Ture
  • Dirección / Director: Ousmane Sembène
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Ousmane Sembène
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Georges Caristan, Orlando L. López, Seydina D. Saye, Farba Seck
  • Producción / Producer: Paulin Soumanou Vieyra
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Films Domireew, Ste. Me. Production du Senegal
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Widely regarded as Ousmane Sembène’s finest achievement, Xala is a cutting morality tale that equally blames the corruption of Senegal’s sociopolitical environment on Euro-centricity and African auto-destruction. In the country’s capital city, a group of black individuals attain political power via an absurdist coup and Sembène observes the corruptive effects this sudden shift of power has on the community. Though these men have regained control of a government that belongs to their people, they are oblivious to the responsibility that comes with this power. Sadly, their intents are entirely self-serving if not simply ridiculous (the demand for everyone to speak French and the preference for European bottled water). You’d be hard pressed to find a filmmaker this critical of the political powers-that-be that threaten their fellow people’s livelihoods.


Schedule for this film

15 Apr / 17:00 h
sold out
sold out
20 Apr / 15:45 h
sold out
sold out


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