Xala

(1975)
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Overview

It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the government. One official, Aboucader Beye, known by the title "El Hadji," takes advantage of some of that money to marry his third wife, to the sorrow and chagrin of his first two wives and the resentment of his nationalist daughter. But he discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence. El Hadji goes to comic lengths to find the cause and remove the xala, resulting in a scathing satirical ending.

  1. Ousmane Sembène

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Thierno Leye

    Hadji Aboucader Beye

  2. Myriam Niang

    Rama (as Miriam Niang)

  3. Seune Samb

    Adja Assatu, Beye's wife

  4. Fatim Diagne

    Saleslady / Secretary

  5. Younouss Seye

    Aram, Second Wife

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Xala
Xala

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Status Released

Release Information

  • October 1, 1975
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language Wolof

Runtime 2h 3m

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