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also known as La petite vendeuse de Soleil

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun1999

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  • 4.4
African master Djibril Diop Mambety's final film brings us the feisty Sili Lam, a twelve year old paraplegic who becomes the first girl to sell a daily newspaper in the competitive world of young male newspaper vendors. She takes on a policeman whom she accuses of shaking her down as well as the boys who taunt her. When some boys take her newspapers and crutches, and her friend asks her "What next?" she triumphantly responds, "We continue." The scenes, moving, satiric and comic, are expertly played by non-professional actors to a score by acclaimed musician Wasis Diop (Mambety's brother).

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Djibril Diop Mambety's swan song, perhaps my most favorite African film ever. 45 minutes long, I call it a feature film, not a short, as it is a powerful and complete story. Touki Bouki is perhaps the most famous West African film, but I love this one even more. Lissa Balera stars, and she also has a cameo in "Le Franc". Where is she now? Mambety only made 7 films in his life, if you only see one, see this one.

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Djibril Diop Mambety's swan song, perhaps my most favorite African film ever. 45 minutes long, I call it a feature film, not a short, as it is a powerful and complete story. Touki Bouki is perhaps the most famous West African film, but I love this one even more. Lissa Balera stars, and she also has a cameo in "Le Franc". Where is she now? Mambety only made 7 films in his life, if you only see one, see this one.

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A simple story of perseverance and innocent love. Sili Lam's quiet determination is courageous and inspiring and Babou Seck's protective chivalry will melt your heart. I loved it and wanted more!

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I loved this film for the visual aesthetic. The colors and compositions were incredible, movement of people across the screen, the figure of the lead character. Very sensitive, and the strength and spirit of the paraplegic lead was uplifting. Excellent short film.

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Ah!! And, then she danced.

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Poignant, authentic, unsentimental, heartbreaking Dakar. Great local street color

Mambety's best film!

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What a humbling experience, when she states after her crutches are stolen...We Continue...i was inspired.

Very interesting I liked it.

This film keeps me humble, and filled with compassion. Good short film entry.