• Director

    Souleymane Cissé

  • With

    Dounamba Dany Coulibaly, Omou Diarra, Balla Moussa Kieita, Fanta Diabate

  • Mali 1975. 88min

  • Digital

  • English subtitles

Tenin, a young mute girl, is assaulted on a night out. She subsequently becomes pregnant and faces both the morality of her family and the cowardice of her attacker, who refuses to recognise the child. Unfolding at a time when Mali struggled with the impact of rapid modernisation, this first feature from the master of Malian cinema, later known for the multi-awarded Yeelen and Finye, resulted in his imprisonment and the film being banned.

Content warning: Contains scenes of sexual violence.

Den Muso was restored by Souleymane Cissé and La Cinémathèque française in 2020, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Afrique and the French Institute, thanks to the support of Pathé. The restoration work was carried out at the Hiventy laboratory using the original negatives and 16mm magnetic tapes.