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The Wedding Ring

Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Victoria Theatre

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Guests Expected

Director Ramahou Keita and Magaajyia Silberfeld expected to attend April 13 screening.


The Wedding Ring is a rare achievement, a wondrously complex dramatic feature directed by an African woman that explores female desires and empowerment in a traditional Muslim society. It also comes from one of the world’s most impoverished countries, one that barely has a film industry. After attending college in Europe, Tiyaa (Magaajyia Silberfeld, the daughter of director Rahmatou Keïta) returns to Niger, but lingering romantic daydreams about the handsome young man she left behind disrupt her reintegration into village life. According to custom, women are not supposed to have such thoughts, let alone be sexual outside of marriage. As Tiyaa grapples with her conflicted feelings, her best friend takes her to a sage who advises her to take part in a ceremony at the new moon that will help clarify things. While she waits out the changing lunar phases, Tiyaa interacts with a variety of women who also challenge traditional norms, and Keïta employs a fresh approach to portray their complicated lives. From the landscapes immersed in sandy-colored architecture to the blue-hued fashions characteristic of the region, The Wedding Ring paints a visually stimulating picture. In her first narrative feature, director Rahmatou Keïta proves herself to be a strikingly accomplished storyteller—just like her griot ancestors. —Cornelius Moore

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Rahmatou Keïta was born in Niger in 1957. She studied philosophy and linguistics in Paris and began a career as a print, radio, and television journalist before turning to documentary filmmaking. She has worked at international television stations and was the first African journalist to appear on French television. Her films include the award-winning feature documentary Al’leessi…An African Actress (2004) about groundbreaking Nigerien actress Zalika Souley. The Wedding Ring is her first dramatic feature film.

Film Details
  • Premiere status: US
  • Country(ies): Niger/Burkina Faso/France
  • Language(s): Songhoy, Zarma, Hausa, Fulaani
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 96
  • Director(s): Rahmatou Keïta
  • Producer(s): Maryam Keïta
  • Writer(s): Rahmatou Keïta
  • Cinematographer(s): Philippe Radoux-Bazzini
  • Editor(s): Camille Cotte
  • Music: Ali Johnny Maïga, Philippe Miller
  • With: Magaajyia Silberfeld, Aïchatou Moussa, Aïchatou Lamine Fofana

Print Source:
Sonrhay Empire Productions
B.P. 519
Niamey, Niger