• Moustapha Alassane – FVVA: Femmes, voitures, villas, argent AKA Women Cars Villas Money (1972)

    Summary from the Rotterdam Film Festival:
    Ali is the image of modern Africa. He happily returns from a football match on his motorbike but a nasty surprise is waiting for him at his parents’ home: he finds Haoua, his bride-to-be, waiting for him. The wedding is celebrated shortly afterwards and the two begin living together under the same roof. They are strangers but cannot stand each other. Haoua is the classic traditional woman who has just arrived from the village, God-fearing and faithful to the laws of tradition. Ali’s friends advise him to look for a second wife. He meets Henriette, an uninhibited and provocative city girl, the woman of his dreams. To meet Henriette’s constant requests, Ali ‘borrows’ some money from the coffers of commander Soleymane, but he is discovered and ends up in prison. Henriette is furious and leaves him, whilst Haoua cries for him in despair.Read More »

  • Moustapha Alassane – La bague du roi Koda AKA The Ring of King Koda (1962)

    Summary from the IFFR website:
    This Djerma legend concerns a cruel king who cunningly puts the wife of one of his subjects to the test. Her humble fisherman spouse is sent away with a ruse and given a ring, to return in a year’s time. Can the wife be faithful and the husband return the ring?Read More »

  • Mariama Hima – Baabu Banza (rien ne se jette) (1985)

    In a district of Niamey, in Niger, craftsmen and consumers save all that is possible and “make new with the old.”Read More »

  • Moustapha Alassane & Anna Soehring – Toula ou Le génie des eaux AKA Toula, or the Water Spirit (1974)

    The gods have declared the drought of the country. There seems to be no hope. A holy man summoned by the king requires the sacrifice of a young woman to put an end to their anger. A young man in love decides to go in search of water to save the girl from a tragic end, but when he returns with good news it’s too late: the genie had his satisfaction and Toula has already disappeared in the holy swamp.Read More »

  • Christopher Kirkley – Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai AKA Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It (2015)

    Starring guitarist Mdou Moctar, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (English: “Rain the Color of Blue with a little Red in it”) is a feature length fiction film, shot entirely in Agadez, Niger with a local cast and crew. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself.Read More »

  • Oumarou Ganda – Le wazzou polygame AKA The Polygamous Wazzou (1971)

    A practicing Muslim takes title of al-Hajj on his return from Mecca. However, this doesn’t stop him from lusting after the young Satou, promised to Garba. Furious, Garba feels he has no choice but to leave the village for the town. Yet a more serious tragedy is afoot.Read More »

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