XALÉ: An International Women’s Month Finale Of The Quartiers Lointains Film Tour

Unseen Cinema and Sudu Connexion’s partnership concludes in the month of March, with a rousing finale by Moussa Sène Absa, in honor of International Women’s Month. Moussa Sène Absa’s film Xalé, is showing at Unseen Nairobi on March 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, and 29-31.

Xalé Trailer

The film, which was in 2022 announced as Senegal’s official submission to the 95th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, is the third film in Moussa Sène Absa’s trilogy focused on women, following 1995’s Tableau Ferraille  and 2002’s  L’Extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette.

Xalé, tells the story of Awa, a young schoolgirl, and her twin brother Adama, who dreams of immigrating to Europe. Following the death of their grandmother, their aunt Fatou and uncle Atoumane must marry in accordance with the grandmother’s dying wish, and also in order to preserve their family union. But Fatou is hesitant as she does not love Atoumane, and the latter, tired of  waiting for the consummation of their marriage, commits an act which results in life-altering consequences for both of them.

The screening of Xalé this month, marks the conclusion of the Quartiers Lointains 7th edition. Quartiers Lointains, which was founded by Claire Diao in 2013, is a film touring program between France, the United States and various African countries. This seventh edition has seen films such as Red Card, screened in December 2023,  Augure, screened in January 2024, The Sleeping Negro, screened  in February 2024 and now Xalé in March 2024.

You can buy tickets to the Xalé screening here.

Frank Njugi is a Kenyan Culture journalist and Arts Critic.