Niiwam (1988)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France, Senegal  |  
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In this humorous drama, a poor Senegalese fisherman has traveled to a hospital with his ailing baby daughter, hoping that their intervention can save her life. After a short stay, the little girl dies, and he now must travel quite a long way by bus to a cemetery on the outskirts of town with the well-wrapped child held in his lap. Along the way, a cross-section of Senegalese life appears before him. This unusual film is based on a novel by another Senegalese filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene.