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Director  Ousmane Sembene
Initial DVD release  May 31, 2005
Country  Senegal
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Language  French Wolof
Xala movie poster
Release date  July 1975 (1975-07) (Moscow Film Festival)
Writer  Ousmane Sembene (novel), Ousmane Sembene (screenplay)
Initial release  October 1, 1975 (New York City)
Characters  Modu, El Hadjis chauffeur, El Hadji Aboucader Beye
Cast  Thierno Leye (Hadji Aboucader Beye), Myriam Niang (Rama (as Miriam Niang)), Seune Samb (Adja Assatu, Beye's wife), Fatim Diagne (Saleslady / Secretary), Younouss Seye (Aram, Second Wife)
Similar movies  Related Ousmane Sembene movies

Xala 1975 ousmane sembene

Xala ([ˈxala], Wolof for "temporary sexual impotence") is a 1975 Senegalese film directed by Ousmane Sembène. It is an adaptation of Sembène's 1973 novel of the same name. The film depicts El Hadji, a businessman in Senegal, who is cursed with crippling erectile dysfunction upon the day of his marriage to his third wife. The film satirizes the corruption in African post-independence governments; El Hadji's impotence symbolizes the failure of such governments to be useful at all.


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Xala movie scenes

El Hadji Abdoukader Beye, a Senegalese businessman, takes on a third wife, thereby demonstrating his social and economic success. On the wedding night he discovers that he is incapable of consummating the marriage; he has become impotent. At the beginning, he suspects that one or both of his first two wives have put the spell on him, without realizing that he walks by the true guilty party every day (beggars and people he stole from). The film criticizes the African leaders' attitude after Independence, underlining their greed and their inability to step away from foreign influences.


Xala movie scenes
  • El Hadji Abdoukader Beye, a Senegalese businessman
  • Rama, Beye's daughter with his first wife
  • Adja Awa Astou, Beye's first wife
  • Oumi Ndoye, the second wife
  • Ngoné, the third wife
  • Modu, El Hadji’s chauffeur
  • Sérigne Mada, a marabout
  • The president of the chamber of commerce
  • Dupont-Durand, the president’s chaperone
  • Criticism

    Xala Xala Film Review Slant Magazine

    Scholar Aaron Mushengyezi writes: "I posit that in Xala, he evokes two problematic binary oppositions: between the corruption and decadence of foreign influence and the purity and morality of African tradition, the former represented as 'corrupting' and the latter 'redemptive'; and between strong, revolutionary 'masculine' women and villainous, weak, 'feminine' men."

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    Another scholarly perspective is from Harriet D. Lyons: "I shall argue that in Sembene's work the "covertness" of the folk material takes the form of suppression of detail combined with the retention of essential values. Sembene is thereby able to use folk elements in such a way as to give the work political implications that go well beyond the preservation and/or revival of a local tradition. One can, therefore, examine the folk elements of Xala without fear of consigning yet another expression of African creativity to the museum of primitive art."


    Xala Xala Film Movie Plot and Review Publications

    The film was entered into the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.

    Festival Internacional de Cine de Karlovy Vary 1976

    Xala Xala African Film Festival Inc

    The film ranked #83 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.


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