Kirikou and the Sorceress

Director: Michel Ocelot

FRANCE/BELGIUM/LUXEMBOURG|1998 Runtime 74 mins Suitable for ages All Languages French with English subtitles

Kirikou is based on a traditional West African tale of a very special small boy who rescues his tribe from the predatory sorceress, Karaba,who has dried up the springs and caused all the men in the village to disappear.But it is far more than this: not only is this a metaphor for the experience of many African communities,but Kirikou repeatedly asks why the sorceress is so wicked and hostile,and the answer is crucial to the denouement of the film.Spell-binding for under 10s,this is a stunning feature length animation with music by Youssou N’dour.

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