THEATER 2 Tue, Sep 19, 2023 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1975
Production Country:Senegal
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ousmane Sembène
Cast:Thierno Leye
Myriam Niang
Seune Samb
Fatim Diagne
Younouss Seye
Screenwriter:Ousmane Sembène


On the night of his wedding to a third bride, a government official is rendered impotent. After suspecting that one of his other wives has placed a curse (xala) on him, and after enlisting a local marabout for a cure, he must face the possibility that he deserves the infliction for his part in the embezzlement of public funds and for helping to keep Senegal in French hands. Combining elements from African folklore and popular cinema, XALA indicts the immoral hubris of entitled male authority figures and Senegalese sellouts.