Xala

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Senegal
Year: 1974
Running Time: 123 min.
Language: Wolof with English subtitles

This satire deals with a self-satisfied businessman who is afflicted with the xala  (pronounced “ha-la”): a curse that renders its victims impotent. While he chases after witch doctors and soothsayers in search of a cure, his impotence becomes a mirror of the impotence of young African nations over-dependent on white technology.

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