FILM OF THE DAY: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999)

by Djibril Diop Mambéty

Mambéty's The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun exudes a familiar humanism with resemblance to the works of Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The Little Girl has a similar humor and cadence with Kiarostami's children films like Where is my Friend's Home (1987) and The Bread and Alley (1970). It unveils a staggering view of the Senegalese way of life. The film is about the courage of young, handicapped girl named Sali. She sells Senegal government's newspaper Le Soleil, a job usually done by boys. She embodies a strong feminine presence and approaches life's problems with astuteness and maturity. She provides clarity and hope for the muddled life of the characters. You can watch the whole film below. It's only 45 minutes.