Zerzura (Niger: 2017)


Chistopher Kirkley

Cast list

Ibrahim Affi:                    Uncle

Zara Alhassane:             Mother

Habiba Almoustapha:   Habiba

Rhissa Elryin:                  Man in Hole

Rhissa Koutata:              Bandit #2

Ahmoudou Madassane:   Ahmoudou

Guichene Mohamed:      Bandit #1


Music: Ahmoudou Madassane

Editing: Darren Hartman

Sound Department: Christoph Fleischer and Tobias Adam


This film has mythical and spiritual aspects. It follows a young man who embarks on a journey to a sacred oasis called Zerzura. On the way  he encounters many people that contribute to creating a surreal vision of the Sahara. This movie has aspects of folklore that add to the mythical aspect of the film.


Ham, Robert. "The Lost Cities (and Bluesy Licks) of Zerzura.Portland Mercury, 12 June 2017, (online newspaper)


Bartlet, Oliver. “Section Five: Fescapo 2017: A Discredited Festival.” Black Camera 9.1 (2017): 312-313

Wane, Fatimata. FESCAPO –  At Fescapo ‘Wallay’, Initiatory Journey and Return To The Sources of a Frano-Burkinabe Teenager. SyndiGate Media Inc., Paris, 2017. Proquest.

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