Night of the Kings (2020)

PHILIPPE LACOTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: La Nuit Des Rois France/Ivory Coast/Canada/Senegal, 2020. Banshee Films, Peripheria Productions, Wassakara Productions, Yennenga Productions. Screenplay by Philippe Lacôte. Cinematography by Tobie Marier-Robitaille. Produced by Delphine Jaquet, Ernest Konan, Yanick Létourneau. Music by Olivier Alary. Production Design by Samuel Teisseire. Costume Design by Hanna Sjödin….

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Atlantics (2019)

MATI DIOP Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original Title:  Atlantique France/Senegal/Belgium, 2019.  Cinekap, Frakas Productions, Les Films du Bal.  Screenplay by Mati Diop, Olivier Demangel.  Cinematography by Claire Mathon.  Produced by Judith Lou Lévy, Eve Robin.   Music by Fatima Al Qadiri.  Production Design by Laura Bücher.  Costume Design by Salimata Ndiaye, Rachel Raoult.  Film Editing…

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Mandabi (1968)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   France/Senegal, 1968.   Comptoir Français du Film Production, Filmi Domirev.   Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene.  Cinematography by Paul Soulignac.  Produced by Robert de Nesle.  Film Editing by Gilbert Kikoine, Max Saldinger.   Ousmane Sembene applies his brittle comedic skill to a tale of tragedy in a small village.  A man who has been suffering a…

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Xala (1975)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Senegal, 1975.  Filmi Doomireew, Société nationale de cinématographie, Films Domireew, Ste. Me. Production du Senegal.  Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Georges Caristan, Orlando L. Lopez, Seydina D. Saye, Farba Seck.  Produced by Paulin Vieyra.  Music by Samba Diabare Samb.  Film Editing by Florence Eymon.   Ousmane Sembene pursues the examination of…

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Emitai (1971)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Senegal, 1971.  Filmi Domirev.  Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene.  Cinematography by Michel Remaudeau.  Film Editing by Gilbert Kikoine.   Ousmane Sembene’s historical drama is a somewhat esoteric but still absorbing drama about Senegal’s colonial history. It takes place during World War II, with a Diola village resisting French rule in various forms: first, the young…

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Black Girl (1966)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Noire De… France/Senegal, 1966.  Filmi Domirev, Les Actualités Françaises.  Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene.  Cinematography by Christian Lacoste.  Produced by Andre Zwoboda.  Film Editing by Andre Gaudier.   Ousmane Sembene is one of the most notable figures in the history of twentieth century African art; he is credited with having made the first film…

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Touki Bouki (1973)

DJIBRIL DIOP MAMBETY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Senegal, 1973.  Cinegrit, Studio Kankourama.  Screenplay by Djibril Diop Mambety.  Cinematography by Georges Bracher.  Produced by Djibril Diop Mambety, Medoune Faye.   Art house classic that uses intoxicating visuals to tell a simple, though never particularly captivating, story. A young man and woman, both disillusioned with the possibilities of success offered…

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Moolaade (2004)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Senegal/France/Burkina Faso/Cameroon/Morocco/Tunisia, 2004.  Filmi Doomireew, Direction de la Cinematographie Nationale, Centre Cinématographique Marocain, Cinétéléfilms, Les Films Terre Africaine, Ciné-Sud Promotion, Fonds Sud Cinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International.  Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene.  Cinematography by Dominique Gentil.  Produced by Ousmane Sembene.  Music by Boncana Maiga.  Production Design…

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