Faat Kine (1999)

Sembene tackles the question of women's lives in contemporary Dakar, Senegal's bustling capital in this warm often funny story of a single mother, her two children, two ex-husbands, aged mother and assorted friends. Sembene contexualizes his heroine's thoroughly modern triumphs and anxieties culturally and politically in Dakar where women's lives have been shaped by tribal custom and male prejudice as much as by their cutting-edge aspirations.

Critical Works

Nzepa, Zacharie Petnkeu. Convergences des cultures d'Afrique et des Antilles à travers une lecture sémiotique de Faat Kine de Ousmane Sembène et de Sugar Cane Alley d'Euzhan Palcy. Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, July 2004.

Akudinobi, Jude G. “Durable Dreams: Dissent, Critique, and Creativity in Faat Kiné and Moolaadé.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 6 (2006): 177-94.

Scene from Faat Kine