Selection Cannes 1994, 'Un Certain Regard'
Carthago 1994, Special Jury Award
In XIME, set in the village with that name in then Portuguese colony Guinea Bissau in the 1960's, the rice peasant IALA is confronted with losing the authority over his two sons.
Through the help of Vittorio, the ltalian priest from the little village school, his elder son Raul has been sent to the seminary in the big city.
No one knows that he has, in fact, joined the liberation movement against the Portuguese colonial regime.
Bedan, the younger son, staying behind in the village, is in opposition to the traditional authority of the village elders.
Moreover, he is also secretly in love with his father's young bride to be!
The village chief Queba Mané advises lala to move forward the date of his intended marriage.
At the same time, he orders Bedan to subject himself to the traditional rites of manhood and initiation into love.
The colonial authorities are also in turmoil. The Portuguese administrator of Xime Cunha, realises that among his subjects more is brewing than the constant obedience of his house servant would make him believe.
When Raul returns to Xime, events escalate. In the end, they rapidly lead to violence and which force everyone to make a choice.
Sana Na N'Hada
JBA Films, Paris
Arc du Ciel, Bissau
Melle van Essen