Faro: Goddess of the Waters | Chicago Reader

Faro: Goddess of the Waters

Salif Traore brings both vigor and subtlety to this Malian debut feature, a contemporary fable about rural Africa in transition. A successful urban engineer (Fili Traore) returns to the village of his birth, but because he's the illegitimate son of a village elder his mother still refuses to identify, the residents consider him an affront to their river deity. As the village women start demanding their rights, discord grows and the river gets angrier, while the visitor's life is threatened by the chief's henchmen. In Bambara with subtitles. 96 min.

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