Médiathèque des trois mondes
Most widely held works by Médiathèque des trois mondes
Moolaadé ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in Dyula and held by 619 libraries worldwide
In the village of Djerisso, women tend to their work and children, while men debate in the mosque and make the rules. One day, four young girls appear on Collé's doorstep seeking sanctuary from their coming 'purification' ceremony. Years ago, Collé refused to allow her daughter to undergo the procedure. She takes them in and declares a moolaadé, a protective spirit, or safe zone that will bring a terrible curse upon anyone who breaks it. Thus begins a standoff that escalates into a bloody showdown between tradition and modernization, men and women, and progress and stagnation. Confronting the village elders and red-robed priestesses who perform the ritual, Collé has eyes saddened by experience, but made righteously fiery with the hope that she can reduce the misery of future generations. At 81, Mr. Sembene has made a masterpiece, both a critique of traditional forms of authority and a celebration of the warmth and dynamism of African village life.
Ceddo ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in Wolof and held by 24 libraries worldwide
An historical epic set loosely in 17th century western Africa, the film examines the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Moslem expansion in Africa.
Tilaï ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in Moor and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Saga returns to his village and find that Nogma, his promised bride, is now his father's second wife. Still in love, the two begin an affair, which the village views as incest. Saga and Nogma escape and live happily until Saga has to go back to the village because his mother is dying.
Samba Traoré ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in Moor and French and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Samba Traore returns to his village flush with funds. Soon enough he manages to charm the beautiful Saratou into marrying him and, along with another friend, builds the first bar their village has ever seen. But his conscience keeps nagging him and the police are on the lookout for the "gas station murderer."
Emitaï ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in Dyula and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Depicts the clash between French colonialists and the Diolas, an African tribe, in the closing days of World War II. The women of Casamance, Senegal refuse to give the French army the village's rice harvest.
Mandabi Le mandat ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in Wolof and held by 18 libraries worldwide
A story about a man who receives a money order that threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life is used to point out the problems of modern Africa as a civilization struggling to recapture its own rich heritage after colonial corruption.
Camp de Thiaroye ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 17 libraries worldwide
African soldiers, returning home after fighting in World War II, are massacred by French colonial authorities in a dispute over pay.
Xala ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 16 libraries worldwide
In a mythical African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet comical results.
Tenja Testament ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in Arabic and French and held by 10 libraries worldwide
A man rediscovers his roots when he returns to Morocco to bury his father.
Référence Sembene ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 10 libraries worldwide
Reportage sur le tournage de Moolaade le dernier film du cinéaste africain Sembene Ousmane. On l'y surprend dirigeant ses acteurs, discutant avec eux du sujet du film ou livrant quelques passionnants points de vue, pendant les moments de repos.
Femmes d'Alger ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 10 libraries worldwide
NHA Fala ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in Creoles and Pidgins, French-based and held by 10 libraries worldwide
"Nha Fala, a musical comedy, is the story of Vita, a young African woman who must never sing. A malediction passed from generation to generation has it that any woman in her family who sings will die."--Internet Movie Database.
2 films de Djibril Diop-Mambety ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in Wolof and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Le Franc: The film features a poor musician, Marigo, who finds solace in playing his congoma, which has been confiscated because of his debt. Marigo plays the lottery, and despite winning, encounters obstacles to claiming the reward.
Bal poussière ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in French and held by 9 libraries worldwide
The chief of an African village, Dimi Dieu, has five wives. But as this is not enough, he decides to find himself a sixth wife. However, the sixth wife is a new generation of African women.
Bent familia ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in Arabic and held by 9 libraries worldwide
Aida and Amina, two young Tunisian women now in their thirties, are reunited. It is an occasion for them to question their lives and relationships. The presence of Fatiha, an Algerian refugee in Tunisia creates a quest for the three women to overcome their respective societal limitations.
Toumouranké ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 8 libraries worldwide
The life of Africans in Paris, with discussion of how they maintain their cultural ties to the home countries, how they fare as immigrants in France, and to what extent they influence development in their home countries. Explores the problem of polygamy, female illiteracy, and what kind of social and economic future their children will have.
Rih al-sid L'homme de cendres ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1997 in Arabic and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Hachemi, a wood sculptor in the old Tunisian city of Sfax, is about to enter an arranged marriage. He is haunted by memories of sexual abuse by his teacher, a past that unites him with his friend Farfat, who was also abused. Together their friendship lies uneasily between adolescence and adulthood.
Nha Fala ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese-based and held by 7 libraries worldwide
A musical comedy. A young African woman believes the myth passed through the generations of her family that any woman in her family who sings will die.
Pour tout l'or d'une goutte ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Documentary film on the social changes and the urban renewal projects taking place in Rue de la Goutte d'or in the Montmartre neighborhood (18e arrondissement) of Paris.
Miel et cendres ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2000 in Arabic and French and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The lives of three disparate Tunisian women, united only by the treatment of their gender by their countrymen, intersect in this provocative drama that quietly protests the continued oppression of women in North African Moslem countries.
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Multiple languages (7)
Creoles and Pidgins, French-based (3)
Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese-based (1)