(Niger, 1973, Digital, 76 min, in French and Hausa with English Subtitles)
Alassane combines his ethnographic eye and keen social critique with his love of traditional parables. When a horrible drought strikes, villagers pray to a snake god to bring the rain and promise extreme sacrifices.
Preceded by SAMBA LE GRAND (Niger, 1977, 16mm, 14 min, animation, in French with English subtitles), a stop-motion and hand-painted animated folktale.
About this series:
Moustapha Alassane was a pioneering filmmaker in Niger, making some of that country’s first short and feature films. His artistic approaches combined painting, animation, ethnography and the avant garde to develop political and social critiques of post-independence Niger. His artistic innovation heavily impacted his West African cinema contemporaries, inspiring other films such as Djibril Diop Mambéty’s TOUKI BOUKI. Our series includes Alassane’s moral tale of faux African cowboys, RETURN OF AN ADVENTURER (1966), the mystical parable based on a traditional folktale TOULA (1973) and several of animated short films to precede these live-action works. Programs are in French and Hausa with English subtitles.