Al’leessiö An African Actress

Director: Rahmatou Keita
Country: Niger
Year: 2004
Running Time: 69 min.
Language: Songhoy and French

This highly informative documentary paints a remarkable picture of Nigerian cinema in the 60’s and its gifted directors. Al’leessi was selected at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004 (FORUM) and was winner of “the Public Award”at the Geneva Film Festival (Black Movie 2004).

About the Director

Rahmatou Keïta

Biography: Born in Niamey (Niger), Rahmatou Keïta is a daughter of the Sahel. She is Fulaani, Songhoy and Mandingo. She studied Philosophy and Linguistics in Paris, France. With her dreams of becoming a writer and a filmmaker in mind, she started to work as a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines and later moving to radio and television as a commentator, hostess, and reporter. From 1987 to 1993, she worked on international television stations and was the first African journalist (including the diaspora) to appear on French television. She received two coveted “7 d’or” awards for the television magazine’s team L’assiette anglaise on the French TV Channel Antenne 2 in 1988 and 1989. In 1993, she wrote SDF, Sans Domicile Fixe (Lattès 1993), a book about the homeless in France; she went on to direct documentary films. Al’lèèssi… An African Actress (2004) was her first feature film. Al’lèèssi means “fate” in Songhoy (or Sonrhay). The documentary relates the story of the pioneers of African cinema.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Al’lèèssi… An African Actress (2005).

Djassaree (1992);
Le Nerf de la douleur (1999);
Une matinée à l’école Gustave Doré (2000);
J’ai fait un rêve (2000);
Les États généraux de la psychanalyse (2001);
Al’lèèssi… An African Actress (2004);
Jin’naariya! (2014).