A History of Independence


by Daouda Coulibaly


Mali and Senegal / 2009 / 21mins / Drama / Bambara

Also Known As: Il était une fois l'indépendance / Nziri Nin Kera Yeremahoronya Waati Ye

Following an African cinematic trend of retelling traditional oral stories through cinema, this film depicts the life of newlyweds Siré and Nama. Nama decides to make his home in a cave, where he will lead a hermit’s life and devote himself to God. One day, God sends an angel to Nama to thank him for being so devoted.

About the Director

Daouda Coulibaly

Daouda Coulibaly is a Malian French director. He grew up in Marseilles, France. After a few years in audiovisual editing, he opted to be a director, and then he made his first short film, A History of Independence, inspired from a traditional tale. Further to the good impression made by A History of Independence, he was retained by the program Focus Features - Africa First. Inspired by the traditional way of narration and by Ousmane Sembène, he made a work that reflects the relationship between African film and literature: Tinye So, selected into FESPACO 2011. His 2016 drama, Wùlu, won the Ousmane-Sembène Prize at FESPACO 2017. Learn More