Xala

Ousmane Sembène

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Fiction, 1975, 123′

In the years after Senegal’s independence, the western influence is still a reality. A greedy businessman profits from the situation and marries a third wife as proof of his success. But when he tries to consummate marriage, he is afflicted with a xala, a curse that renders its victims impotent. Based on his novel with the same name, Sembène directs a symbolic satire about the social and political impotence of his country.