Finye / The Wind

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Country: Mali
Year: 1990
Running Time: 107 min
Language: Bambara

Vivid social satire with overtones of Romeo and Juliet, Finye (The Wind) tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali’s chiefs of an earlier age. Both families object to the union and to the lover’s growing involvement in student strikes against the corrupt government. A mix of politics, romance and social commentary, Finye casts a critical eye on both the ancient and modern values.

About the Director

Souleymane Cissé

Biography: Born in Bamako, Mali in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information’s film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature in the Bambara language. It was immediately banned by the government. Then followed Baara (Work) in 1977, Finye (The Wind) in 1982, and his masterpiece Yeelen (Brightness), Prix du Jury in Cannes in 1987. His film Waati (Time) was also selected for Cannes in 1995. An admired and respected filmmaker, Cissé is also Founding President of the Union of West African Cinema and Audiovisual Designers and Entrepreneurs and devotes his energy to developing an economically viable African audiovisual industry.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baara [Work] (2008);
Finye [The Wind] (1996, 1997);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1993);
Waati [Time] (1996).

L’Aspirant (1968);
Source d’inspiration (1968);
Dégal at Dialloubé (1970);
The Sanké Celebration (1971);
Five Days in a Life (1972);
Den Muso [The Young Girl] (1975);
L’Homme et ses idoles (1975);
Baara [Work] (1977);
Traditional Singers of the Seychelles (1978);
Finye [The Wind] (1982);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1987);
Waati [Time] (1995);
Tell Me Who You Are (2009).