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African Odysseys

Fatima: The Algerian Woman of Dakar

+ intro by June Givanni, JGPACA

The sexual assault of an Algerian woman is the hideous act that forms the backdrop of this story of guilt and redemption.

Image from Fatima: The Algerian Woman of Dakar + intro by June Givanni, JGPACA

Mauritania-Tunisia-France-Sengal 2004
Dir Med Hondo
With Amel Djemel, Aboubacar Sadikh Ba, Larbi Zekal
89min
35mm
English subtitles

Med Hondo’s last film begins in 1957 Algeria where a Senegalese soldier on a ‘clean up’ operation encounters an Algerian woman and rapes her. Years later, his father convinces him to seek out the woman, his ‘sister in Islam’, and beg forgiveness. Weighty topics of colonialism, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, religion and women’s place in society are laid bare in this delicate and at times humorous drama. Originally shot on 16mm, it was blown up to 35mm and was funded by the director’s expertise as a voice actor (Hondo was the French voice of Eddie Murphy and Morgan Freeman).

Part of our Med Hondo season.



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