Les Feux de Mansaré (Senegal: 2008)

Director

Mansour Sora Wade

Cast list

Ibrahima Mbaye

Khady Ndiaye Bijou

Credits

Screenplay: Boubacar Boris Diop

Synopsis

Tradition and religion play their roles in a bitter romantic rivalry in this drama. Nathalie is a beautiful young woman who is in love with Lamine, a boy her age from Mansare, the village where they were born and raised. Lamine is also in love with Nathalie, but there's a problem; shortly after she was born, Nathalie's family pledged her to Mathias, another young man from Mansare who went away to seek his fortune. After years overseas, Mathias has returned, having struck it rich in a shady business enterprise, and he's made it clear he now want to marry the lovely Nathalie. However, while Lamine was close friends with Mathias when they were boys, he's not willing to give up the woman he loves for his old pal, and though local custom dictates that Nathalie is not obligated to wed Mathias based on her family's agreement, her parents don't feel the same way. And the fact Mathias is a Christian and Lamine is a Muslim only adds to the ill feelings between them. Les Feux de Mansare (aka Fire of Mansare) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

Reviews

Reviews/Articles:

Fire of Mansare, NY Times

Fire of Mansare, Mubi

Fire of Mansare, Imbd

Wendy Okoi-Obuli, DVD Review - Senegalese Drama 'Les Feux De Mansaré’,  Indiewire

 Senegal Film Industry Dying a Slow Death, Times Live

Academic Articles:

“Interview with Mansour Sora Wade.” Interview by Albertine Itela. 31 Oct. 2002: n. pag. Web

De-westernizing Film Studies. By, Saër Maty Ba, and Will Higbee. London: Routledge, 2012. Print.

"Nationalist African Cinema : Legacy and Transformations." By, Sada Niang.  EBL Reader. Lexington Books, 21 Feb. 2014. Web.

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