• Ousmane Sembene
  • In French
  • 121 mins

Showing as part of Matinee Classics

A middle-aged prominent businessman decides to take on a third wife much to the annoyance of his other wives and his daughter, a radical nationalist. Unfortunately there is a humiliating discovery on his wedding night as finds he has become impotent (what he believes to be the result of xala, an ancient Senegalese curse) and stands to lose his social standing. Exploring issues of postcolonial politics, multiculturalism and institutionalised corruption this is a cutting and satirical comedic depiction of the Senegalese bourgeoisie. Widely regarded as Ousmane Sembene’s finest filmic achievement.

Xala screens in connection with We Face Forward, Manchester’s dazzling season of concerts, exhibitions and events featuring West Africa’s greatest artists and musicians. For full information and listings visit:

More Info

Cast: Younouss Seye, Thierno Leye, Seune Samb, Miriam Niang
Country: Senegal
Year: 1975
Subtitles: Full English

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Wed 13th Jun 2012

Add a comment


No comments yet.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may also be interested in...

15 Soylent Green Last shown Wed 20 Jun 2012, 12:30
12A Where Do We Go Now? Last shown Thu 28 Jun 2012, 16:50
15 The Source Last shown Thu 31 May 2012, 12:10
18 A Clockwork Orange Last shown Fri 29 Jun 2012, 17:30