Le Wazzou Polygame (Niger: 1971)


Oumarou Ganda

Cast list

Zalika Souley

Garba Mamane

Joseph Oualy

Oumarou Ganda


La Wazzou Polygame is a short film that discusses the growing rift between the observation of tradition and modernity during the period of Nigerien emancipation. This film surfaces as an homage to the age of African independence that gave way to a era of African cinema that depicted the social struggles that come with emancipation discourse, within the Francphone frame. The film won the FESPACO best film award in 1972 and was cited during the festival to have cultivated a theme of liberation and humanization in African cinema.


Le WAZZOU Polygame (1971). BFI Film Forever (charity film database)

The history of the Fespaco Festival. BBC World Service (website)

Academic Articles:

De Groof, Matthias. “Rouch’s Reflexive Turn: Indigenous Film as the Outcome of Reflexivity in Ethnographic Film.” Visual Anthropology 26.2 (2013): 109-31. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

“Aux Sources Du Cinéma Africain: Plongée Dans L’effervescence Créatrice De L’Afrique Francophone Au Lendemain De L’indépendance.” Le Monde (2008): 26. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

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