Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Sotigui Kouyaté, Salif Keita, Balla Moussa Keita, Fatoumata Diawara, Maimouna Helene Diarra
Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
A visually retelling of the biblical stoary of the house of abraham from an african perspective the film portrays the bitter rivalry between brothers jacob & esau which threatens to engulf both clans in a never ending cycl... more »
Close to what it was really like
Pink Noodle | Duncanville, TX USA | 12/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here's part of a great review from www(dot)offoffoff(dot)com/film/1999/genesis.php3
This new version of "Genesis" set in ancient Mali is not a novelty concept -- it's what biblical life must really have been like.
With these opening words from Esau (played by the Malian singer Salif Keita), we are on notice that this will not be a typical biblical epic. "La Genèse" tells the stories of Jacob, Esau and Hamor (that's Genesis Ch. 23-37, especially Ch. 34, for those who want to do a little homework) set in the Mali desert.
The film is a wonder to look at -- everything from the grand "Searchers"-style desert vistas to household utensils is in solid, bold colors, as if painted by Sargent or Rousseau. The people move dramatically in sweeping robes of deep blue or peach, and their stone homes and canvas tents glint in the sun.
But the most extraordinary thing about the film is this: You'll never see the Bible the same way after seeing it. Mali is not precisely the Middle East, but the culture that gave us the Old Testament is surely closer to this ancient desert culture than to the biblical figures that our modern minds create in our own image.