Skirt Power / Taafe Fange

Director: Adama Drabo
Countries: Mali
Year: 1997
Running Time: 95 min.
Language: Kaado, Bambara, and French


Dogon mythology and revolution inspire this comic Malian tale of village women who force their men folk to do “women’s work.” Skirt Power was winner of the special jury prize, 1997 FESPACO Film Festival.

About the Director

Adama Drabo

adama-draboBiography: Adama Drabo was born in Bamako, Mali in 1948. While teaching primary school, he began writing for the theater. In 1979, he entered Mali’s Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) and later served as Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s assistant director on two films, Nyamanton and Finzan. In 1988, Drabo directed his own short film, Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (Nieba, A Day in the Life of a Peasant Woman). Ta Dona (1991) was his first feature as a director. Adama Drabo passed away in 2009.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ta Dona (1993, 1994);
Taafé Fanga [Skirt Power] (1998);
Fantan Fanga (2010 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).

Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (1988);
Ta Dona (1991);
Taafé Fanga [Skirt Power] (1997);
Kokadjè (2003);
Fantan Fanga (2009 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).