Xala (Ousmane Sembène, 1975, DCP, 123 mins)
In a fiery critique of the new African bourgeoisie, a corrupt local bigshot falls prey to an inconvenient xala (curse) on his wedding night. “The jokes and details are delightful, yet there’s real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames” (Geoff Andrew). In Wolof and French with English subtitles. DCP from Janus Films.
The series “Early Ousmane Sembène: The First Films from the Father of African Cinema” is presented by the Yale Film Archive and the Whitney Humanities Center in celebration of the centenary of Sembène’s birth.