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Guimba : un tyran, une époque = a tyrant in his time

Author: Cheick Oumar SissokoIbrahima ToureIdrissa OuedraogoKora Films (Firm)Centre national de production cinématographique du Mali.All authors
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : California Newsreel, 1995.
Series: Library of African cinema (Videocassette)
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : BambaraView all editions and formats
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A tyrant throws his city into conflict and chaos when he allows his randy, dwarf son to reject an arranged marriage to the slim local beauty in order for him to pursue the girl's larger, married mother. The tyrant then sets his own eyes on the girl, making the situation even worse. An epic set in the legendary past of Mali (West Africa) to provide a biting allegory of present-day African politics. Through the story  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction films
Historical
Feature films
Foreign language films
Drama
Fiction
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Cheick Oumar Sissoko; Ibrahima Toure; Idrissa Ouedraogo; Kora Films (Firm); Centre national de production cinématographique du Mali.; Direction de la production cinématographique du Burkina-Faso.; Westdeutscher Rundfunk.; California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 36446384
Language Note: Bambara and Peul dialogue, with French titles and English subtitles.
Notes: "En coproduction avec La Centre National de Production Cinématographique du Mali, La Direccion de la Production Cinématographique du Berkino-Faso, La WDR Cologne."
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.
A foreign film (Mali, Burkina Faso, Germany).
Credits: Photography, Lionel Cousin; editors, Kahena Attia, Joëlle Dufour; music, Pierre Sauvageot, Michel Risse.
Cast: Falaba Issa Traore, Bala Moussa Keita, Habib Dembele, Lamine Diallo, Hélène Diarra, Mouneïssa Maiga, Fatoumata Coulibaly, Cheick Oumar Maiga.
Description: 1 videocassette (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS; letterboxed.
Series Title: Library of African cinema (Videocassette)
Other Titles: Guimba, the tyrant
Guimba, a tyrant in his time
Responsibility: Idrissa Ouedraogo présente ; une production Kora-Films ; directeur de production, Ibrahima Toure ; un film de Cheick Oumar Sissoko.

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A tyrant throws his city into conflict and chaos when he allows his randy, dwarf son to reject an arranged marriage to the slim local beauty in order for him to pursue the girl's larger, married mother. The tyrant then sets his own eyes on the girl, making the situation even worse. An epic set in the legendary past of Mali (West Africa) to provide a biting allegory of present-day African politics. Through the story of the downfall of Guimba the tyrant, the filmmaker foretells a similar fate for the many dictators who still pillage the continent. He frames his film with the appearance of a griot, a traditional African storyteller who passes down the "wisdom of the ancestors", looking to the values and legends of the African past for inspiration and guidance in reconstructing well-governed, self-sufficient nations.

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