A History of Independence

Also Known As: Il était une fois l’indépendance / Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye
Director: Daouda Coulibaly
Countries: Mali / Senegal
Year: 2009
Running Time: 21 min.
Language: Bambara

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Following an African cinematic trend of retelling traditional oral stories through cinema, this film depicts the life of newlyweds Siré and Nama. Nama decides to make his home in a cave, where he will lead a hermit’s life and devote himself to God. One day, God sends an angel to Nama to thank him for being so devoted.

About the Director

Daouda Coulibaly

dcoulibalyBiography: Daouda Coulibaly is a Malian French director. He grew up in Marseilles, France. After a few years in audiovisual editing, he opted to be a director, and then he made his first short film, A History of Independence, inspired from a traditional tale. Further to the good impression made by A History of Independence, he was retained by the programme Focus Features – Africa First. Inspired by the traditional way of narration and by Ousmane Sembène, he made a work that reflects the relationship between African film and literature: Tinye So, selected at FESPACO 2011.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=17782)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A History of Independence [Il était une fois l’indépendance/Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye] (2011);
Tinye So (2011).

Filmography:
A History of Independence [Il était une fois l’indépendance/Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye] (2009);
Tinye So (2010).