Sarraounia 1986
Raised by her father, Sarraounia (Ai Keita-Yara) was groomed to become an independent, fearless warrior. Known for possessing not only strength but mystical powers, not many attempt to defeat her. As the word gets out that French troops have arrived to destroy and conquer, Sarraounia gathers her army and prepares to defend her territory. Meanwhile, the French troops leave no stone unturned and have mercilessly murdered and demolished the land of many natives and are slowly moving her way...

Everything here is grounded in careful but never pedantic historical research. The film is superbly crafted and expansive; the tone is celebratory, loud, assertive and spirited; but Hondo doesn't allow the visual and musical splendours to swamp his certainty that Africans need to learn to value and develop the identity that was theirs before the white man came.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:56:09 | 7.09 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Dyula
Subtitles: English, Francais, Arabic, Espanol, Portugues
Genre: Drama, History, War

Director: Med Hondo
Cast: Ai Keita, Jean-Roger Milo, Feodor Atkine
Country: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, France