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Sarraounia is a young warrior queen of the Azna tribe, whose mastery of the ancient 'magic' skills of martial arts and pharmacology is first put to the test when she defends her people from attack by a neighbouring tribe. But the real trial of strength comes when the French army marches south to widen its colonial grip on the African continent. The second half of the film centres on the French, acidly but plausibly satirised as little tyrants whose megalomania swells in proportion with their failure to grasp the realities of the culture they are trying to crush. Everything here is grounded in careful but never pedantic historical research. The film is superbly crafted and expansive; the tone is celebratory, loud, assertive and spirited; but Hondo doesn't allow the visual and musical splendours to swamp his certainty that Africans need to learn to value and develop the identity that was theirs before the white man came.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Med Hondo
Screenwriter: Med Hondo
Cast: Aï Keïta
Jean-Roger Milo
Féodor Atkine
Didier Sauvegrain
Roger Mirmont
Luc-Antoine Diquero

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3.8 / 5

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Oliver Tuck

A cracking well-made film about the impact of colonialism on Africa. against all odds Warrior Queen Sarraounia holds out versuses the venal French. it is a crying shame that this is not available to rent on DVD nor is there even a trailer or any video on YouTube.Will this ever be rectified?