film synopsis

Circumcision / La Circoncision / Tiyabu Biru

Director: Moussa Bathily
Country: Senegal
Year: 1978
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: Sarakhole

As an agrarian village prepares for their traditional circumcision ceremony, the village elders realize that they can no longer afford the sacrificial cattle, an integral part of the festivities. Eavesdropping, a group of young boys find out about the dire situation and decide to steal the cattle so the ritual can continue. Visually poetic, with an inspired documentary ambience, Moussa Bathily’s lone feature film is nostalgic and penetrating.

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