Fad’jal (Senegal: 1980)


Safi Faye

Cast list

Writing Credits: Safi Faye
Cinematography: Patrick Fabry, Jean Monod, Papa Moctar Ndoye


Cast: Ibou Ndong
Runtime: 108 minutes


In this documentary-style film, Safi Faye returns to her home village to depict the complex social and cultural factors that make up her village’s rich history, including the cycle of birth and death, important historical moments, and the importance of history and oral tradition in Senegalese rural society. She tracks the famine that her community survived, their abandonment of their land, and final return. She then shows how changes such as farmer migration and new governmental policies have altered traditional Senegalese rural traditions.


Review Articles:

Beti Ellerson. “Safi Faye’s Gaze: The Evolution of an African Woman’s Cinema.” Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema (Article) http://www.africanwomenincinema.org/AFWC/Safi_Faye_Gaze.html

Francoise Pfaff. “Safi Faye (1943- ).” Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema (Article) http://www.africanwomenincinema.org/AFWC/Faye_Pfaff.html

Academic Articles:

Marker, Cynthia. "Safi Faye and Sarah Maldoror: Cinécrivaines of African Cinema." The Journal of Twentieth-Century/Contemporary French Studies 4.2 (2000): 453-69.Web of Science. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

Petty, Sheila. "Black African Feminist Film-making?." African Experiences of Cinema. Eds. Imruh Bakari and Mbye Cham. London: British Film Institute, 1996. 185-93. Print.

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