Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
Done in the style of an African folk tale, this film, a collaboration between European and African countries, is said to be among the most elaborate, high tech film in African film. Exquisitely photographed and filled with archetypal figures to create a poetic look at nature's revenge against those who would exploit her. It is set in the forest village of Amanha Lundju, a place where the birth of children is celebrated by the planting of a tree. The trees are considered spiritual twins. But for every tree planted, the rapacious state destroys many more for firewood and lumber. The tale begins as wanderer Du finally comes back to the village. He discovers that Ami, his twin brother just died for no apparent reason. Tradition dictates the Du take on his late brother's wife and children, something that displeases Saly, his betrothed. Everywhere Du goes in the village, he is mistaken for Ami. Even his own mother, a village mystic, confuses him with Ami. Confused, Du visits his brother's tree asking for counsel. At the same time, in a moving silent scene his mother calls forth Ami's spirit. Strange things begin to happen, causing Calacalado the witchdoctor to send the entire village on a quest across the desert lead by Du and Saly. Along the way many of the weak and elderly die. They travel until the young women give birth amidst the desolation. Afterward Du takes them back to Amanha Lundju where they will encounter something surprising.
nature, revenge, supernatural-forces
High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance