SIA, LE RÊVE DU PYTHON
SIA, THE DREAM OF THE PYTHON

Director: Dani Kouyaté
Screenplay: Kouyaté, based on the play, The Legend of Wagadu As Seen by Sia Yatabere, by Moussa Diagana.

Cast: Wakhané: Sotigui Kouyaté; Sia: Fatoumata Diawara; Kerfa: Hamadoun Kassogué; Kaya Maghan: Kardigué Laïco Traoré; Mamadi: Ibrahim Baba Cissé.

Awards: Best Screenplay, Namur Int’l Festival of French-Speaking Film (2001); four prizes at the Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival (2001).

Running time: 96 minutes
Year of production: 2001
Rating: Not rated (sexual situations, nudity)
Gauge: 35mm (color)

Language: Bambara

Distributor: Art Mattan


“A delightful, pointed fable of religious and political extremism that’s extra-relevant at present. . . . Smart, briskly paced mix of costume exotica and punchy thematic universalism. . .” Dennis Harvey, Variety.
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In a mythical, timeless African country, an emperor known as the Master of the World rules over a people beset by poverty, maintaining order through his relentlessly patrolling army. One day, the seven high priests of the Python God demand the sacrifice of a young virgin to restore prosperity to the land. When the edict is proclaimed and the beautiful Sia designated the honorable offering, the townsfolk are violently divided in their response. Some are superstitious enough to believe the traditional rite is necessary, while others object to it as a senseless waste of human life. Sia escapes and takes refuge with the “holy fool” hermit, Kerfa, who, as an untouchable, continually defies the emperor by publicly criticizing him and his regime. Meanwhile, Sia’s fiancé, a soldier away fighting in the emperor’s army, returns from the front and makes a desperate bid to save Sia’s life, only to fall victim to the forces of corruption that have kept alive the myth of the Python for generations. Writer-Director Kouyaté (Keïta! Voice of the Griot) generates a dynamic mix of realism and fable, sustaining a mythical atmosphere while injecting barbed political critiques. The colorful costumes and exotic locations give the film distinctive visual flair. The dialogue is spoken in Bambara.

 
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