The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

“This was to be Mambéty's second film in a trilogy called Tales of Little People, but it is his last film (Mambéty died during its making). This is the only sad note, however, in this 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. She gets around on crutches and joins the many who live on the street-a community just as likely to be generous and supportive as brutal. Mambéty closes his masterpiece with ‘This tale is thrown to the sea. The first to breathe it will go to heaven.' He left us this gift on his own way there.”

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