Faraw: Une mère des sables (Mali: 1997)


Abdoulaye Ascofaré

Cast list

Amanita Ousmane...Zamiatou

Balla Moussa Keita...Husband of Zamiatou

Safiatou Maharanee...Hareyrata (daughter of Zamiatou)


Writing Credits: Abdoulaye Ascofaré (screenplay)


This film focuses on one woman's plight in attempting to raise a family in the dry and barren Sahara. There is a heavy emphasis on the environment, vast desert lands, to illustrate the true struggle of survival. Zamiatou is the mother of three children, two boys and a strikingly beautiful girl, and the wife of a handicapped husband. Every day is a constant battle to stay alive. Zamiatou is determined to care for her family without selling her daughter into prostitution.


Fred Camper, Faraw! Mother of the Dunes, Chicago Reader (online newspaper)

Faraw! Mother of the Dunes, ArtMattan Productions (African film blog)

Kevin Hagopian, Faraw! Mother of the Dunes, New York State Writers Institute (film blog)

Rasx(), Abdoulaye Ascofaré and the Film That Touches Me, The Rasx Context (blog)


Other movies from Mali made in

Title Country Year Director More infos
Sabriya Mali, Tunisia 1997 Abderrahmane Sissako
In Search of Africa Guinea, Mali 1997 Manthia Diawara
Taafé Fanga (Skirt Power) Mali 1997 Adama Drabo
Faraw: Une mère des sables Mali 1997 Abdoulaye Ascofaré
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