Circumcision / La Circoncision / Tiyabu Biru

Director: Moussa Bathily
Country: Senegal
Year: 1978
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: Sarakhole

As an agrarian village prepares for their traditional circumcision ceremony, the village elders realize that they can no longer afford the sacrificial cattle, an integral part of the festivities. Eavesdropping, a group of young boys find out about the dire situation and decide to steal the cattle so the ritual can continue. Visually poetic, with an inspired documentary ambiance, Moussa Bathily’s lone feature film is nostalgic and penetrating.

About the Director

Moussa Yoro Bathily

Also Known As: Moussa Bathily

Biography: Moussa Yoro Bathily was born in 1946 in Bakel, Senegal. He made several provocative documentaries, including award-winning films Tiyabu Biru (Circumcision) in 1978, and Le Certificat d’indigence (1981). He also worked as an assistant to Ousmane Sembène.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Tiyabu Biru [Circumcision] (1993).

Des sites et des monuments (Date unknown);
Dakar, capitale et ville carrefour (Date unknown);
Biliyaanne (Date unknown);
L’Art contemporain au Sénégal (Date unknown);
Centre international de Dakar (1974);
Ndakkaru, impressions matinales (1975);
Personnages encombrants (1976);
Tiyabu Biru [Circumcision] (1978);
Le Certificat d’indigence (1981);
Petits blancs au manioc et à la sauce gombo (1987).