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

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