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The Mask from San

Drama

84 Minutes

MaliFrance

Jacques Sarasin

FrenchEng ST


Tribal masks are loaded with significance but must retain their mystery. Taking his cue from this, acclaimed director Jacques Sarasin has carved a film of great beauty, a voyage between magic and reality that explores with respect and potency the culture – and secrets – of the Bambara of Mali. At its heart is the search for a lost Chiwara (the ritual antelope sculptures that so fascinated Picasso and many French painters). Constructed as an ethnological road movie, the film progresses deeper into the African landscape and ritual – its present and its past – aided immeasurably by innovative dream sequences and the extraordinary music of Tom Diokite.