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Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Based on a popular folktale from West Africa, this gorgeous animated film tells the story of the heroic toddler Kirikou, who must save his parents’ village from an evil sorceress. Along the way, he encounters friends and foes including a skunk, a waterfall-draining monster, and a wise man on a magic mountain. Featuring a score by acclaimed musician Youssou N'Dour.

This unique, beautiful film is thoughtful, funny, imaginative, and, at the same time, speaks to the best human impulses and behavior. Kirikou, the heroic toddler, with the wisdom of the ages and unwavering love for the world around him, does not wish merely to defeat the evil sorceress, but also to understand why she behaves as she does. Magically, because of Kirikou's tenacity and courage, the villain is not defeated but redeemed. With vivid, simple animation that evokes African culture and its art, with music that enhances the always-engaging story, and with rich, full characters Kirikou and the Sorceress is highly recommended. It's a movie that grownups and kids of all ages can delight in together.

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Kirikou and the Sorceress
Directed by: Michel Ocelot and Raymond Burlet
Written by: Michel Ocelot
Starring: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N’Diaye, Robert Leinsol
Runtime: 71 min
Year: 1998
Language: French
Recommended for ages 5+

Playing at the Billy Wilder Theater on July 29, 2018, at 11 am. 

Part of UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum's Family Flicks.