The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun
(La petite vendeuse du “Soleil”)
Lissa Baléra, Taïru M’Baye, Oumy Samb, Moussa Baldé,
This was to be Djibril Diop Mambéty’s second film in a trilogy called Tales of Ordinary People, but it was instead his last film, as he died during its making. Nonetheless, it is a loving yet unsentimental “hymn to the courage of street children.” Feisty and fearless Sili sets out to earn a living by hawking the newspaper Le Soleil (The Sun), the only girl in a sea of boys. Mambéty closed his masterpiece, “This tale is thrown to the sea. The first to breathe it will go to heaven.” He left this gift on his own way there.
Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1994
Dieye Ma Dieye
Le franc is Djibril Diop Mambéty’s humorous first film in the series Tales of Ordinary People. Marigo, a poor musician, has trouble making enough money to pay his bills—including his rent. His landlady takes her revenge by confiscating his beloved musical instrument. Now Marigo must come up with money fast. He buys a lottery ticket and actually wins, but his troubles aren’t over. Behind Marigo’s richly colored dreams is a wealth of allegory about life in Senegal.