Keita, Voice of the Griot

Director:   Dani Kouyaté
Year:   1994
Language:   French
Time:   94 minutes

Uses the story of a young man's encounter with a storyteller to explore the difficulties many African nations face as they try to preserve their cultural heritage in the face of modernization. Set in the West African nation of Burkina-Faso. 

Not rated but suitable for all viewers.

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Definitions of "griot"

Background on the Sundjata epic featured in Keita

Short review of the film

California Newsreel analysis of the film

A French-language interview with the director

Another French-language interview with the director