Sia, le rêve du python (Sia, the Myth of the Python)
Sia, le rêve du python (Sia, the Myth of the Python) (2001)

Every year the most beautiful girl will be sacrificed to the Python God. But what really happens is that all the priests rape her, and then murder her, so that she cannot tell that the python god does not exist. When a girl named Sia is the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

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.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Mediocre fable from Burkina Faso.

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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice

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.

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