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XALÉ: AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH FINALE


Xale movie poster

March 2024 Unseen Cinema and Sudu Connexion’s partnership concludes in the month of March, with a rousing finale by Moussa Sène Absa, in honour of International Women’s Month.

Xalé, by Absa, represented Senegal at the 2023 Oscars. It follows the moving story of Awa, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, happily living her teenage years alongside her twin brother Adama, who dreams of Europe. When their grandmother dies, her aunt Fatou and her uncle Atoumane promise to marry in order to preserve the family union. But Fatou does not love Atoumane and the latter, tired of waiting to consummate his marriage, commits an act from which there is no going back.


Xalé will be showing at Unseen Nairobi on March 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, and 29-31.


You can buy tickets here.



Moussa Sène Absa began cinema as a screenwriter for the film Les enfants de Dieu. His first short, Le prix du mensonge, received the Silver Tanit at Carthage 1988. In 1991, he directed the feature film Ken Bugul, followed in 1992 by the feature film Ça twiste à Popenguine, which won international recognition. In 1996, he directed Tableau Ferraille (Best Image at FESPACO 1997), the first part of his trilogy on women, followed by Madame Brouette (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2002) and Xalé (2022). His last two feature films, Teranga Blues and Yoole were selected in competition at FESPACO in 2007 and 2013

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