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Ousmane Sembene, the greatest of all African filmmakers (and one of the finest fiction writers on the continent as well), directed this upbeat 2000 comedy from Senegal, about a sassy, self-made woman who manages a filling station. Faat Kiné supports two illegitimate children by different fathers, along with her mother, and she's not about to take shit from anyone. This was Sembene's first film in eight years, and while it's no less serious or political than his other late films (Camp Thiaroye, Guelwaar), it's a good deal funnier, more easygoing, and more affirmative. In French and Wolof with subtitles. 118 min.

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