"Guimba the Tyrant"
Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko
Winner of the Swissair/Crossair Special Prize from
the Locarno International Film Festival and the Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television
Festival's Grand Prize. The story of Guimba, the cruel tyrant who is feared by all.
It is probably not a coincidence that this mythical dictator, Guimba, resembles the
real dictator, Moussa Traore, who was overthrown in 1991, ending a reign of terror which
the people of Mali are unlikely to forget. The films' director, Cheick Oumar Sissoko
was involved in the underground movement against Moussa Traore. Told in a
traditional African narrative style, this film is considered to be one of the most
important African films of the decade. "...a riotously colorful, irreverent
satire on the ways of tyrants.." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. "Dazzles
the senses. the epic scale and historical sweep set Guimba in a class by itself
among African films."..Deborah Young, Variety. Bambara with