After studying Philosophy and Linguistics in Paris, Rahmatou KEÏTA (1957, Niger) started a career as a journalist in France. She directed several short films and created a documentary series entitled Femmes d’Afrique (1993-1997), screened on TV around Africa. In 2005, her first feature film, Al'lèèssi... An African Actress (2003), was selected for the film festival of Cannes and received several awards, such as the Best Documentary Award at Montreal, FIFAI and the Sojourner Truth Award in Cannes. Keïta is also a founding member of the Pan-African Association for Culture (ASPAC).
Djassaree (1990, short doc), Femmes d’Afrique (1993-1997, TV doc series), Le nerf de la douleur/Just Because of a Shot! (1999, doc), Une journée à l’école Gustave Doré/A School Day at Gustave Doré (2000, short doc), Les états généraux de la psychanalyse/All About Psychoanalysts (2001, doc), Al’lèèssi… Une actrice Africaine/Al’lèèssi… An African Actress (2004, doc), Jín'naariyâ!/The Golden Ring (2014, short), Zin'naariyâ!/The Wedding Ring (2016)
Rahmatou Keïta at IFFR
The Wedding Ring
A young woman talks to girlfriends about sensuality and taboos in this beautifully styled love letter to ways of life in the Sahel. A refined film of elegant simplicity, with a dash of mysticism and an eye for the beautiful clothing and customs of the Songhay, who inhabit southern Niger.