Sia, the Dream of the Python

2001, Drama, 1h 36m

5 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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In the tradition of a small central African village, each year the king chooses a beautiful young virgin to be sacrificed to the Python God. This year, Sia Yatabene (Fatoumata Diawara) has been selected. But, because Sia knows there is no Python God and that she awaits a terrible fate at the hands of the priests, she runs away. When her escape results in a military intervention that kills many, and the military then asks her to lie about what she knows, she finds herself in even more trouble.

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Critic Reviews for Sia, the Dream of the Python

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  • As directed by Dani Kouyate of Burkina Faso, Sia lacks visual flair. But Kouyate elicits strong performances from his cast, and he delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them.

    May 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • The stripped-down approach does give the film a certain timeless quality, but the measured pace and lack of dramatic inflection can also seem tedious.

    May 23, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • The subtitled costume drama is set in a remote African empire before cell phones, guns, and the internal combustion engine, but the politics that thump through it are as timely as tomorrow.

    May 21, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Colorful and deceptively buoyant until it suddenly pulls the rug out from under you, Burkinabe filmmaker Dani Kouyate's reworking of a folk story whose roots go back to 7th-century oral traditions is also a pointed political allegory.

    May 23, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Mediocre fable from Burkina Faso.

    November 12, 2001
  • As directed by Dani Kouyate of Burkina Faso, Sia lacks visual flair. But Kouyate elicits strong performances from his cast, and he delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them.

    May 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • The stripped-down approach does give the film a certain timeless quality, but the measured pace and lack of dramatic inflection can also seem tedious.

    May 23, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • The subtitled costume drama is set in a remote African empire before cell phones, guns, and the internal combustion engine, but the politics that thump through it are as timely as tomorrow.

    May 21, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Colorful and deceptively buoyant until it suddenly pulls the rug out from under you, Burkinabe filmmaker Dani Kouyate's reworking of a folk story whose roots go back to 7th-century oral traditions is also a pointed political allegory.

    May 23, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Mediocre fable from Burkina Faso.

    November 12, 2001

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