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  • Summary: A cinematic adaptation of the legend of Wagadu, a 7th century myth of the Soninke people. The film is a political and contemporary approach to the myth, a reflection on the use of mysticism by people in power.
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  1. 75
    Lacks visual flair. But Kouyate elicits strong performances from his cast, and he delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them.
  2. 70
    In trying to reproduce the griot's tone, Mr. Kouyaté rejects psychological nuance and dramatic shading: this is a tale that advances quickly and boldly, peopled by deliberately one-dimensional characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    70
    Sia becomes a bloodbath of Shakespearean proportions as even the good guys kill one another in an effort to preserve illusions.
  4. 60
    Colorful and deceptively buoyant until it suddenly pulls the rug out from under you.
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