The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun
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Year: 1999 Country: Senegal Genre: Feature Film
Time: 49 Minutes Language: Wolof with English Subtitles
Directed and Produced by: Djibril Diop Mabéty
Winner, Best Short Film, Pan African Film Festival, 2000
Best Short Film, Adult Jury Award, 17 th Annual Chicago International Children’s Festival, 2000
Praise: “A masterpiece of understated humanity”, A. O. Scott, The New York Times
La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (or The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun) is Senegalese short drama directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty which premiered posthumously after his death at the 49 th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999.
La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil is a film exalting the lives and promise found among ordinary Senegalese. It depicts a young beggar girl, Sili, who on crutches, confidently makes her way through a city of obstacles, becoming the first girl to sell a daily newspaper in the competitive world of young male newspaper vendors. Mambéty dedicated this last film to the courage of street children. The scenes are expertly played by non-professional actors and with the participation of the street children.
La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil was originally intended as the second film of a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. However, Mambety’s untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film.