Senegal Film List

Title: KARMEN GEI (2005)
Format: DVD
Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 82 Min.
Description: Karmen escapes prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden. She then wrecks the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who, in a fit of jealous rage, stabs her. Contains much singing and dancing.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MANDABI (1968)
Format: VHS
Language: Wolof with English Subtitles.
Run Time: 90 Min.
Description: A story about a man who receives a money order that threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life is used to point out the problems of modern Africa as a civilization struggling to recapture its own rich heritage after colonial corruption.
Genre: Drama

Title: MOOLAADE (2004)
Format: VHS
Language: In Dyula and French with English subtitles.
Run Time: 124 Min.
Description: Some of the women in an African village decide that they will no longer allow their young daughters to be subjected to traditional "purification", or female circumcisiom, which has brought pain and death to many girls over the years. This rouses the men and women in the village who intend to force continuation of the custom and violent confrontation results.
Genre: Drama

Title: Hyènes = Hyenas (1992)
Format: DVD
Language: Wolof language; English subtitles
Run Time: 113 Min.
Description: A rich woman agrees to share her wealth the people in her poor village in return for the life of the man who ruined her reputation when she was young.
Genre: Drama

Title: Le prix du pardon: Ndeysaan = The price of forgiveness  (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 91 Min.
Description: A Lébou fishing village on the south coast of Senegal is covered in a mysterious persistent fog. Neither prayer not sacrifices can break the curse. Mbanik, the son of the dying witch doctor, dares defy the spirits and return the sun to the village. He can then declare his love for Maxoy. Yatma, his best friend and rival, is driven to murder by jealousy. For Yatma, a new curse is about to begin.
Genre: Drama

Title: FAAT KINNE (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: In French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 120 Min.
Description: A forty-year-old woman refuses to give into the stigma of unwed motherhood and climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field.
Genre: Drama

Title: EMITAI  (1971)
Format: 101 Min.
Language: In Diola and French with English subtitles.
Run Time: VHS
Description: Depicts the clash between French colonialists and the Diolas, an African tribe, during World War II. Depicts the history and myths of this Senegalese tribe.
Genre: Drama

Title: La petite vendeuse de Soleil = The little girl who sold The sun (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: In Wolof with Enlgish subtitles
Run Time: 43 Min.
Description: A parable which uses the struggles of a young crippled girl in Dakar trying to earn her living in the market place selling newspapers to mirror Africa’s role in the international marketplace.
Genre: Drama

Title: TABLEAU FERRAILLE (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in French and Wolof; subtitles in English
Run Time: 88 Min.
Description: Tells the story of a young politician’s rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician, must choose between two social paradigms exemplified by his two wives. The film offers a view of how modernization, as practiced in today’s Africa, corrodes traditional communities and retards grassroots development.
Genre: Drama

Title: GUELWAAR (1992)
Format: VHS
Language: In French and Wolof wiht Enlgish subtitles.
Run Time: 115 Min
Description: When Guelwaar, a political activist and a Christian, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery, family members, political and religious leaders become embroiled in the dispute
Genre: Drama

Title: YOU, AFRICA! (1994)
Format: VHS
Language: In Wolof and French with English subtitles.
Run Time: 43 Min.
Description: Documentary of the 1994 tour of nine West African nations by Senegalese performing artist, Youssou N’Dour and his band and back-up dancers, Super Etoile. In brief, private moments, between concert performances, Youssou discusses the serious political and spiritual purposes behind his music.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Femmes aux yeux ouverts = Women with open eyes (1993)
Format: VHS
Language: French with English subtitles.
Run Time: 50 Min.
Description: Presents contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance.
Genre: Documentary

Title: SEPT NUITS SEPT JOURS (1992)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 58 Min.
Description: This film documents an unusual healing ceremony in Senegal. The ceremony, called the Ndepp, is organized by the Lebou people to honor their ancestral spirits and to ask them to allow a cure to take place of one of their members. Performed over seven days and nights, it is a complicated ceremony with a precise set of rules and involves the whole community.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CAMP DE THIAROYE (1987)
Format: VHS
Language: In French and Wolof with English Subtitles
Run Time: 152
Description: African soldiers, returning home after fighting in World War II, are massacred by French colonial authorities in a dispute over pay
Genre: Drama

Title: REASSEMBLAGE (1981)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 40 Min.
Description: A documentation of the daily activities of Senegalese village women in 1981.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THREE TALES FROM SENEGAL  (1994, 1982, 1989)
Format: VHS
Language: Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 82 Min.
Description: Le franc is a parable about the plight of everyday Africans buffeted by the changing winds of the international monetary system. Picc mi (Little bird) is a story of two destitute boys who escape the predatory demands of adults to spend one day of freedom together. Fary l’anesse (Fary, the donkey) is a tale of a man led into folly by his pursuit of the perfect woman. When he thinks he has finally found her, she turns out to be a donkey.
Genre: Documentary

Title: SAARABA (1988)
Format: VHS
Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles
Run Time: 81 Min.
Description: A young Senegalese returns to his country after 19 years of exile in France. He had hoped to find his roots, but instead is disillusioned by government corruption, alienation among young city dwellers, and apathetic family and friends.
Genre: Drama

Title: La noire de ...= Black Girl (1964)
Format: DVD
Language: French with English subtitles
Run Time: 80 Min.
Description: A young Senegalese woman, is employed as a governess for a French family in the city of Dakar. She soon becomes disillusioned when the family moves to the Riviera, where her comfortable duties as a nanny in a wealthy household are replaced by the drudgery and indignities of a maid. Harsh treatment and isolation lead her to suicide. The couple returns to Dakar to offer the girl’s mother money, but she refuses it.
Genre: Drama

Title: Touki bouki (1973)
Format: DVD
Language: In Wolof and French with optional English subtitles
Run Time: 85 min.
Description: Two young lovers look to escape from their dusty hometown of Dakar to travel to imagined freedom in Paris.
Genre: Drama

Title: Karmen Geï (2005)
Format: DVD
Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 82 min.
Description: Karmen escapes prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden. She then wrecks the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who, in a fit of jealous rage, stabs her. Contains much singing and dancing.
Genre: Drama

Title: Xala = the curse (1974)
Format: DVD
Language: French and Wolof dialogue, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 119 min.
Description: In a mythical African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet comical results.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ainsi meurent les anges (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In French and Wolof with English subtitles.
Run Time: 57 min.
Description: Mory [is] a troubled Senegalese poet living outside Paris with his French wife and their children. We watch his marriage fall apart under cross-cultural pressures, specifically his father’s demand that he take a second wife in Senegal. Homeless in winter, separated from his children, his poems scattered over a Paris street, Mory returns to Senegal, penniless and with uncertain prospects. At the same time, black-and-white sequences reveal the psychological origins of Mory’s present malaise.
Genre: Drama

Title: Ceddo (1977)
Format: VHS
Language: In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Run Time: 112 min.
Description: An historical epic set loosely in the 19th century, the film examines the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Moslem expansion in Africa.
Genre: Drama