The Young Girl
A young warrior/seer must overcome his own father to gain the knowledge of the ancients in this visionary reimagining of Mandé creation myths and oral tales. “Not only the most beautifully photographed African film ever, but also the best African film ever made” (Film Comment).
Cissé’s remarkable satire on Africa’s ruling class follows two college kids rebelling against military control and the establishment; it is by turns fierce, romantic, and ultimately hopeful.
The unlikely friendship between a young worker from the countryside and a progressive factory engineer leads to the triggering of political and class fault lines in Cissé’s searing drama. “Cissé makes explicit the infrastructure of corruption” (New Yorker).
New Digital Restoration
Cissé’s recently restored first feature-length film, “the eternal story of a young girl who is raped, becomes pregnant, and is then abandoned[,] is agonizingly sad. . . . [The Young Girl] also represents the emergence of an absolutely singular cinematic composition” (Frédéric Bonnaud, La Biennale di Venezia).