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Dir. Rahmatou Keïta
Niger, Burkina Faso, France. 2016. 96 mins. Songhoy, Zarma, Hausa, Fulaani with English subtitles. N/C 15+
Recently returned to her home in the Sultanate of Zinder after completing her degree abroad, Tiyaa, a young woman suffering from the pain of lost love, finds renewal while awaiting the mystical promise of a new moon. Rahmatou Keïta’s second feature slowly reveals itself as a story of female empowerment that also doesn’t shirk from the uncomfortable realities of Western influence on African cultures. A magical and immersive journey into the little-explored, and fast-fading, customs of Niger’s Sahelian people, The Wedding Ring is that rare thing: a truly original cinematic experience.
Born in Niger, award winning filmmaker Rahmatou Keïta is a daughter of the Sahel, a descendant of its oldest dynasty, of Sundjata Keïta. After studying philosophy and linguistics in Paris, she began her career with documentary Femmes d’Afrique (Women of Africa). In 2005, her first feature doc AL’LÈÈSSI, about the pioneers of African cinema, was selected by the Cannes Film Festival and went on to receive several awards, including Best Documentary Award at Montreal, FIFAI and the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes. A committed militant of the African cause, Keïta is a founding member of the Panafrican Association for Culture (ASPAC) and takes an active part in the dialogue of cultures and civilisations. The Wedding Ring is her first fiction film.