Finye (The Wind) (Mali: 1982)


Souleymane Cissé

Cast list

Fousseyni Sissoko... Bah
Gounod Guisse... Batrou
Balla Moussa Keita... Le Gouverneur Sangare
Ismail Sarr... Le grand-pere de Bah
Mou Diapra... La Troisieme epouse
Ismail Cisse... Seydou
Massitan Ballo... La mere de Bah
Dioncounda Kone... La grand-mere de Bah
Yacouba Samabaly... La commissaire de police
Sounamba Dany Coulibaly... La femme Peul


Writing Credits: Souleymane Cissé


Finye 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.


Janet Maslin, 'Wind' From Mali and 'Reassemblage' in Senegal. The New York Times (online newspaper)

Screening of All-Time Malian and African Classic 'Finye'. AfricaVenir International (online magazine)

Finye/The Wind . Deeper into Movies (blog)

Academic Articles:

Politics and Aesthetics in Francophone African Film: The Case of Souleymane Cisse’s Finye by Rachael Langford. International Journal of Francophone Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2 (1982), pp.185-202

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