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Keita!: L'heritage du Groit. (France | Burkina Faso, 1994)

Director: Dani Kouyate. Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. In Jula and French with English subtitles. 1994. 94 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Reviews and articles:
Gray, Christopher. "Keita: The Heritage of the Griot / Rocking Popenguine / The Blue Eyes of Yonta." (movie reviews)American Historical Review v101, n4 (Oct, 1996):1144 (3 pages). Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only
Racevskis, Maija. "Applications of African cinema in the high school curriculum: A secondary teacher's views of Three Tales from Senegal." Research in African Literatures. Fall 1996. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; p. 98 (12 pages)Full-text of this article / review is available:UC users only

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