Xala [12A]

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Xala [12A]

Senegal/1974/123mins/12a/subs. Dir: Ousmane Sembène With: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb

A businessman is struck with impotence and his attempts at a cure prove disastrous. In this fierce satire, Ousmane Sembène lashes the bourgeoisie of an unnamed, newly independent, African state for their slavish imitation of their past colonial masters, down to their corruption and conspicuous consumption.

"The jokes and details are delightful, yet there's real anger behind them, and it bursts spectacularly into view in the concluding frames"
Geoff Andrew, TimeOut

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