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Djibril Diop Mambéty

La petite vendeuse de soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun)

Director Djibril Diop Mambéty Composer Wasis Diop Cast Moussa Baldé, Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall
45' - 1999 - Drama, Family - Dialogue: French, Wolof
For many years, newspapers have been sold on the streets of Dakar by boys. When Sili, a ten-year-old girl, decides to go out and sell papers, the boys don't accept this. This is their territory. But Sili is successful : on the first day someone buys all her papers and gives her a big tip. No one believes she earned the money honestly. She is picked up by the police, but eventually they let her go. Sili uses the money she has earned to buy a parasol for her blind grandmother. The rest she gives to lepers. In the days that follow, Sili is again harassed by the other newspaper sellers, who are jealous of her success. In the end she makes friends with one of them. This short film is a hymn to the courage of street children.

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Djibril Diop Mambéty


Wasis Diop


Moussa Baldé, Lissa Balera, Aminata Fall


Djibril Diop Mambéty

Director of Photography

Jacques Besse


Sarah Taouss-Matton

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French, Wolof

Countries of production

Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, France