There are 52 known film versions of Bizet's opera, but this Senegalese take breaks ground in two ways. The fickle temptress swings both ways; and Ramaka's film is touted as the first movie musical produced in sub-Saharan Africa, with an adoring Greek-style chorus and team of sabar drummers awaiting Karmen wherever she may roam. Hampered somewhat by erratic pacing, the film develops as a series of shapeless, albeit energetic set pieces, with nods to Sembene's pioneering Black Girl once this unusually tender and sympathetic Karmen hears death knocking at her door. JWin.
Cast and crew
|Director:||Joseph Gaye Ramaka|
|Screenwriter:||Joseph Gaye Ramaka|
|Cast:||Djeïnaba Diop Gaï
Thierno Ndiaye Dos