Xala w/ scholar Samba Gadjigo (CLOSE UP)

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Thursday, April 25

A Senegalese satire about a corrupt politician cursed with impotence on the night of his third wedding after embezzling 100 tons of rice. As much a commentary on corruption in African post-independence governments as an illustration of patriarchy, this witty, sophisticated screenplay solidified director Ousmane Sembene as the “father of African film.” (dir. Ousmane Sembene, 1975, 123 min.)

“The actors are wonderful, especially the women who play El Hadji’s first two wives – ladies of magisterial personality, social shrewdness and sexual pride. The wedding sequence in Xala makes the one in Godfather I look like a wedding party at McDonald’s. This allegory of impotence in the body politic shows Sembene on his way to becoming an African Moliere.” – Newsweek

About Samba Gadjigo: Gadjigo graduated from the University of Dakar and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Dakar and received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2015, he directed the film Sembene! along with Jason Silverman, about the life of Ousmane Sembène. Gadjigo currently works as the Professor of French in Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts since 1986.