TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE WEDDING RING (Niger/ Burkina Faso / France 2016)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

THE WEDDING RING (Niger/ Burkina Faso / France 2016) **
Directed by Rahmatou Keïta

Starring: Aïchatou Lamine Fofana, Aïchatou Moussa, Magaajyia Silberfeld

Review by Gilbert Seah

The director’s second feature offers a female perspective on love, marriage and customs as seen by the Niger’s Zarma Songhay people. The people wear colourful robes and live in a fairly tale land (like the famous African film MOOLADE) of colours and customs where royalty and miracles can happen.

The story revolves around Tiyaa (Magaajyia Silberfeld), a princess of sorts of aristocratic birth, whoshould have the world at her feet when she returns home to the Sultinate of Zinder after completing her degree abroad.

But Tiyaa is aimless and burdened by the pain of a lost love. In the absence of any better idea, she reluctantly seeks counsel from a zimma, a Zarma Songhay wise man who seeks answers to life’s mysteries in the elements.

The film traces her path as she turns her forlorn love back to happiness. This is a simple film with a simple plot and the enjoyment of the film comes from sitting back and enjoying the colourful tale unfold.

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