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SAARABA
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86 minutes, 1988, Senegal
Director: Amadou Seck
in Wolof with English subtitles
ABOUT THE FILM
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In Saaraba, Amadou Seck continues the tradition of socially engaged cinema pioneered by his celebrated countrymen, Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambety. Each character in this film is lost in a misguided search for saaraba, Wolof for Utopia. Each, like post-independence Africa itself, comes close to disaster and disillusionment. Saaraba presents an unsparing indictment of a corrupt older generation intoxicated with Western consumerism and of alienated urban youth addicted to drugs, sex and millenarian politics. Seck's film strongly suggests that there are no easy answers for Africa, only the difficult task of developing societies based on mutual responsibility and a shared future.
CRITICAL COMMENT
"Totally rich in up-to-the-minute insights, issues and conflicts."
Jonathan Demme
"Should be seen by anyone interested in new directions in world cinema. A distinctive independent voice"
Charles Burnett
"A probing, incisive examination of contemporary Africa's problems telling a compelling, dramatic story. A richly developed drama."
Library Journal

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