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Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou et la Sorciere

Michel Ocelot’s truly stunning animation is based on West African folk tales.

Image from Kirikou and the Sorceress

France 1998
Dir Michel Ocelot
With the voices of Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N’Diaye, William Nadylam, Awa Sene Sarr
74min
35mm
English version
Certificate U

Karaba, a powerful sorceress, is responsible for the local spring running dry and for removing nearly all the male inhabitants of a West African village – but Kirikou is able to walk and talk as soon as he’s born, and this quick-witted child is determined to right her wrongs. West African folk tales form the basis for this creative, mesmerising film from master animator Michel Ocelot.