XALÉ

US Premiere


WORLD

Senegal 2022, 101 min, Director: Moussa Sene Absa

Acclaimed Senegalese director Moussa Sene Absa (Madame Brouette, MVFF26) unites ancient and contemporary modes of storytelling in this visually stunning and emotionally resonant tale of familial love, loyalty, and diaspora. The drama centers on Awa, a 15-year-old student, and her twin brother (and confidante) Adamo, who dreams of a better life in Europe. When their beloved grandmother arranges for their Aunt Fatou to marry a relative whom Fatou detests, the results of this forced union bear consequences not only for the unhappy couple, but for the community — and, most gravely, for the twins. Sene Absa’s beautifully crafted film is as steeped in traditional African storytelling as it is rooted in contemporary Senegalese life. Among its many innovations is the appearance of two choruses of narrators: one male (les griots) and one female (les griottes). But at its heart, Xalé is young Awa’s story, brought to life with an amazing performance from newcomer Nguissaly Barry. —Bri’anna Moore

In Wolof with English subtitles

In person: director Moussa Sene Absa

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Showtimes

In-Person


7:15 PM — Rafael 2

6:30 PM — Rafael 3

Director

Born in a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, Moussa Sene Absa is a painter and songwriter, in addition to being a filmmaker. Active in film since 1988 when he made his short Le prix du mensonge, his feature works include Rocking Poponguine (1994), Tableau ferraille (1997), Madame Brouette (2002), and Teranga Blues (2007).

Film Info

countries:

Year:

2022

Running Time:

101

Languages:

Wolof

Director:

Moussa Sene Absa

Producers:

Sokhna Sene, Laurent Bitty

Cinematographers:

Amath Niane

Editors:

Pape Mbengue

Writers:

Moussa Sene Absa, Pierre Magny, Ben Diogaye Beye

Cast:

Nguissaly Barry, Rokhaya Niang, Mabeye Diol

sections:

Subtitles:

English