Dir. Adama Drabo. 1997. 95 mins. Mali. In Bambara and Kaado with English subtitles.
The first film in our bi-monthly screenings will be shown this Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm. This fall, screened films will show women's lives in Africa, and to celebrate this theme our first film selection is Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power). In it, the director, Adama Drabo, has revised the Sigi myth (which seems originally to have expressed male anxiety over female control of fecundity) into a myth about women's right to resist patriarchy, "to fight for the right to be different and equal." This film, along with Drabo's 1991 feature Ta Dona, provides important examples of how contemporary African artists are freely reappropriating traditional belief systems to illuminate pressing social issues. This tale about a comic revolution in which women's and men's roles are reversed was, in part, inspired by the actual role women played in Mali's 1991 revolution, and uses comedy and traditional myth to make some serious points about the status of women in Africa today.
A more in-depth description of the film is here: http://newsreel.org/video/TAAFE-FANGA