Genesis (1999)
aka La genèse
First screened in March 2020
Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko. Cast: Sotigui Kouyaté, Balla Moussa Keita, Salif Keita, Fatoumata Diawara, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé, Magma Coulibaly, Oumar Namory Keita. Screenplay: Jean-Louis Sagot-Durvaroux (based on the Book of Genesis).

Twitter Capsule: Compact yet complex restaging of Biblical lore as an intrafamilial, inter-tribal rivalry. Subtle ironies, colorful scenes.

VOR:   Strong exemplar of a major thread in modern West African cinema that retranslates old myths and stories while implying region-specific resonances.

Photo © 1999 California Newsreel/Kora Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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