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The Wedding Ring

  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 96 minutes
  • Locations: Burkina Faso, Niger, France
  • Director: Rahmatou Keïta
  • Languages: Songhoy, Zarma, Hausa, Fulaani
  • Rating: PG


Recently returned to her home in the Sultanate of Zinder after completing her degree abroad, Tiyaa, a young woman suffering from the pain of lost love, finds renewal while awaiting the mystical promise of a new moon. Rahmatou Keïta’s second feature slowly reveals itself as a story of female empowerment that also doesn’t shirk from the uncomfortable realities of Western influence on African cultures. A magical and immersive journey into the little-explored, and fast-fading, customs of Niger’s Sahelian people, The Wedding Ring is that rare thing: a truly original cinematic experience.