Kaddu Beykat - Letter from My Village (Safi Faye | Senegal, 1976 | 90 minutes | Advised rating PG)
Safi Faye | Senegal, 1976 | 90 minutes | Advised rating PG
An artful fusion of the political and the poetic, Safi Faye’s first film situates the local within the global, focusing on the daily lives of community members from the director’s Senegalese hometown, Fad’jal. The first feature by a Sub-Saharan African woman to gain international distribution, ‘Kaddu Beykat’ mounts a powerful critique on colonial administration, looking outwards from individual lives and livelihoods in Fad’jal to the wider issues which overshadow them.
The film was preceded by ‘No Hope for Men Below’ (Adam Stafford / Scotland, 2014 / 11 minutes), a docu-drama about the Redding pit disaster, featuring a Scots dialect voiceover from Scottish poet Janet Paisley.