Tales of Ordinary People

A collection on one DVD of two classic shorts of Senegal, Le Franc and La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun).

Le Franc, Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1994, 45 min.

The hero of Le Franc is Marigo, a penniless musician living in a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady. He survives only through dreams of playing his congoma (a kind of guitar) which has been confiscated in lieu of back rent. But winning the lottery changes his life.

La petite vendeuse de Soleil, Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1999, 45 min.

La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun), is the feisty Sili Lam, a twelve-year-old paraplegic who becomes the first girl to sell a daily newspaper in the competitive world of young male newspaper vendors. She takes on a policeman whom she accuses of shaking her down as well as the boys who taunt her.

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  1. La petite vendeuse de Soleil, Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1999, 45 min.
  2. Le Franc, Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1994, 45 min.

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