A struggle between tradition and modern technology brings strife to a West African village. After failing his initiation into manhood, a youth is sent into exile. Ostracized upon his return, he must use a skill honed during his absence—well-drilling—to prove himself and restore the village’s most vital resource. 2002, Mali, color, 35mm, in Bambara with English subtitles, 107 minutes.
Introduced by Cherif Keita, professor of French in the African/African American Studies Department at Carleton College.