GREAT AFRICAN FILMS, VOLUME 2: Tasuma / Sia, the
Dream of the Python -
The second installment in this series of award-winning
films from Africa includes Kollo Sanou's Tasuma, the Fighter (2003, 90 minutes, French
and Jula with English subtitles), a look at the impact of French colonialism
on Africa; Former Senegalese tirailleurs, Burkinabe soldier Sogo Sanou waits patiently
for his pension, which he plans to use to build a grain mill for the women of
his village; Inspired by the seventh-century myth of the Wagadu people of Western Africa is Dani Kouyate's Sia, the Dream of the Python (2001, 96 minutes, Bambara with English subtitles): To bring back prosperity to his village, a King decides to make a human sacrifice to the mystical snake god; Sia, the most beautiful woman in the village, is chosen for the ritual, but she runs away in revolt.
A stunning film with great reserves
of emotional power and intelligence, Sankofa tells
the story of Mona, a beautiful African-American model on a fashion shoot in
West Africa who becomes enmeshed with a mystical spot that forces her to recall
her racial past.