Xala (1975)


El Hadji Abdoukader Beye, a Senegalese businessman and a muslim, takes on a third wife, thereby demonstrating his social and economic success. On the wedding night he discovers that he is incapable of consummating the marriage; he has become impotent. At the beginning, he suspects that one or both of his first two wives have put the spell on him, without realizing that he walks by the true guilty party every day (beggars and people he has stolen from). The film criticizes the African leaders’ attitude after Independence, underlining their greed and their inability to step away from foreign influences.

Director: Ousmane Sembène.
Stars: Douta Seck, Makhouredia Gueye, Seun Samb, Tierno Leye, Younous Seye, Myriam Niang, Fatim Diagne, Mustapha Ture, Iliamane Sagna, Dieynaba Niang.


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  1. Michael
    June 20, 2019

    Sembène’s best film. Worthwhile cinematic experience. Thank you for this one Jon

  2. David
    October 4, 2019

    I love this film. I own the now-out-of-print DVD…and I still watched it on this site! I’ve visited several of the film locations, and I’m off to Senegal again a month from now! ENJOY!

  3. Carlos Bermúdez V
    September 5, 2021

    Thanks, Jon. It’s a special movie

  4. Øivind Aas
    November 13, 2021

    My first Sembene

    A laugh-out-loud satire!

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