LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL

Djibril Diop Mambéty
France, Senegal, Switzerland 1999 | 45 Min. | 35 mm, OmU

»Sell­ing news­pa­pers in the streets of Dakar had always been the pre­serve of the city’s boys. Sili, a little girl, lives on the streets and moves with the help of two crutch­es. She lingers close to the boys who sell news­pa­pers and begs. This morn­ing the boys jos­tled her and she fell on the asphalt. She found her crutch­es sev­er­al meters away. In order to pick her­self up, she had to gather all her strength and she decid­ed to start sell­ing news­pa­pers like all the others. Equal rights for men and women. But the small uni­verse of news­pa­per boys is mer­ci­less. She is con­front­ed with pain and with dreams… final­ly she also encoun­ters friend­ship. The story is an ‘homage’ to the courage of the street chil­dren.«
(Djib­ril Diop Mam­bé­ty)

Djib­ril Diop Mam­bé­ty, Films: CONTRAS-CITY (1968); BADOU BOY (1970); TOUKI BOUKI (1973); PARLONS GRAND-MÈRE (1989); HYÈNES (1992); LE FRANC (1994); LA PETITE VENDEUSE DE SOLEIL (1998)