The Wedding Ring

  • 96'
  • Niger
  • 2016

Tiyaa, a beautiful young woman from an aristocratic family, returns after a study in Paris to her place of birth, the Sultanate of Zinder in Niger. Her girlfriends and aunts soon notice that a shadow of sorrow hangs over her. She had to leave her lover behind in Paris and she is at a loose end back home. During a consultation with a zimma, a wise old man, she is advised to wait for the new moon to perform a love ritual.
Until that time, she roams the community having conversations with women of all ages, who offer her an insight into their love life and sensuality, taboos and culturally-defined codes, with a dash of mysticism. The Wedding Ring is also a lyrical love letter to the traditional customs of the Sahel, with an eye for the beautiful clothing and an elegant production design.

Director
Rahmatou Keïta
Country of production
Niger
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Zin'naariyâ!
Languages
Songhay, Hawsa, Fulaani
Producer
Myriam Keïta
Production Company
Sonrhay Empire Productions
Sales
Sonrhay Empire Productions
Cinematography
Philippe Radoux-Bazzini
Editor
Camille Cotte
Production Design
Rahmatou Keïta, Boureïma Boubacar, Herve Yameogo
Sound Design
Laurent Malan
Music
Ali Johnny Maïga, Philippe Miller
Cast
Magaajyia Silberfeld, Aïchatou Moussa, Aïchatou Lamine Fofana, Salamatou Kimba Farinwata, Harouna Amoud, Yazi Dogo, Mariam Kaba
Website
http://sonrhayempire.org/en/