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Great African Films, Vol. 1: Haramuya and Faraw: Mother of the Dunes
Great African Films Vol 1 Haramuya and Faraw Mother of the Dunes
Actor: Great African Films
Director: Abdoulaye Ascofare/ Drissa Toure
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2007     2hr 57min

From Africa come two beautifully crafted films inspired by the love of the filmmakers for their homeland. In HARAMUYA, director Drissa Toure offers a fascinating glimpse of the capital of his native Burkina Faso, where a ...  more »

     
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Actor: Great African Films
Director: Abdoulaye Ascofare/ Drissa Toure
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Family Life, Dune
Studio: ART MANHATTAN
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/24/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 57min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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A Diamond & A Pebble
A.S.I | Maryland, USA & Lagos, Nigeria | 12/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This dvd pack is a two movie disc set with 'Faraw' and "Haramuya'.

The first movie, from Mali, 'Faraw' is a priceless gem. It follows a 24 hour period in the life of Zamiatou, a mother and wife who struggles to provide for her three children and mentally disabled husband. Zamiatou is fierce and courageous. She defies the odds; stark poverty,the unyeilding desert and easy money to do what she must do so they can eat - tearing to shreds the Western stereotype of weak, subordinate African women. It is beautifully shot in the desert, the endless sands, the setting sun, the animals... and the themes are resoundingly simple. It is worth watching if only for the rapid curses and praises that alternately spew out of Zamiatou's lips and the actress who plays her role is perfect. It is filmed in a local dialect; Shonghoi and some French with English subtitles throughout. A must-see!

The second movie from Burkina Faso is the total opposite and I presume that is the reason they sell it together with 'Faraw' because otherwise, it belongs in the trash can. The plot which lacks any cogency or reason is supposed to give an overview of third-world type urban life in the capital; Ouagadogou. The plot follows a bunch of prostitutes and their madam, a non-native shop-keeper and his bi-racial daughter, an Islamic fundamentalist man and his polygamous family, a bunch of street crooks and the police. Their lives intersect with no rhyme or reason or consequence. The characters are randomly thrown together and the ones that aren't just lounge around the screen verbalizing their tired and meaningless dialogues. The movie doesn't end satisfactorily. It's almost as if the director got tired of shooting and just quit the set. It is shot in a local dialect, Bambara and some French with English subtitles throughout.

In all my 5 stars go to Faraw."