Sia, the myth of the python

  • Sia, Le rêve du python
Genre : Fantasy
Type : Fiction
Original title : Sia, the dream of the python (US Title)
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2001
Format : Feature
Running time : 96 (in minutes)

This film started the bases of artistic integration in West Africa and created a sensation at the Ouagadougou film festival Fespaco by being awarded six distinctions.

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Kombi is a poverty-stricken city dominated by a tyrant king. In order to bring back prosperity, the king is advised by his priests to make the traditional human sacrifice of a young virgin to a mystical snake god. Sia, the most beautiful young woman of the village, has been designated. Lieutenant Mamadi, her fiancé, rebels against the decision to perform this ritual and the village becomes divided. Struggles and revelations follow as the characters confront issues of honour, corruption and power.

Starring Fatoumata Diawara (Sia), Sotigui Kouyaté (Wakhané, Head of Army), Habib Dembélé (Griot, Balla)

The inspiration of Sia, le rêve du python is a seventh-century myth of the Wagadu people of Western Africa, which was adapted into the play La légende du Wagudu vue par Sia Yatabéré by Mauritanian writer Moussa Diagana.

Sia Fatoumata Diawara
Wakhané... Sotigui Kouyaté
The Griot Balla... Habib Dembélé
Kerfa... Hamadoun Kassogué
Mamadi... Ibrahim Baba Cissé
Kaya Maghan... Kardigué Laïco Traoré
The empress... Mariétou Kouyaté
Kélétigui... Fily Traoré
The barber... Kary Coulibaly
The coward... Abdoulaye Koumboudry
The prince... Ahmed Kadio
Sia's mother... Djénéba Diawara
Sia's father... Toumansé Coulibaly
The little boy... Ali Badra Kassina
The twin soldiers... Mamadou Sangaré, Maghan Kouyaté
Penda's mother... Diarrah Sanogo
Penda's father... Mamadou Kouyaté
The beer seller... Fantani Touré

Genre: Epic Drama
Running time: 96 minutes
Country: Burkina Faso
Language: Bamana (bambara) with English subtitles

Directed by
Dani Kouyaté

Written by
Dani Kouyaté
Moussa Diagana

Music by Daniel Rousseau, Fanny Touré
Cinematography Robert Millié
Editing by Zoé Durouchoux

Produced by
Claude Gilaizeau
Elisabeth Lopez
Sylvie Maigne
Sékou Traoré (Sahélis Productions)

Cinematograph 35 mm film - color - Apperture1.85
Licence number
(Visa d'exploitation n°) 97516
Language Bambara
Subtitles French, English, German
Subtitle company LVT
Sound company DTS stéréo
Film Fuji
Camera equipment DCN & Cinécam
Machine equipment Ross Production
Sound transfer DCA
Music mix Studio Capitale
Sound mix Studio des 3 Arts
Film development Neyrac

Technical credits

Playwright Moussa Diagana
Adaptation, dialog Dani Kouyaté
Direction Dani Kouyaté
Production Claude Gilaizeau,
Sékou Traoré,
Sylvie Maigne,
Elisabeth Lopez

Robert Millié

Zoé Durouchoux

Daniel Rousseau, Fantani Touré

Pierre Lorrain

Sound editor
Nicolas Mifsud

Fabrice Conesa

Set director
Papa Kouyaté

Abdou Ouolo's

Judith Hentz,
Ester Marty Kouyaté,
Abdou Ouolo's

Stage manager
Sékou Traore, Lacina Ouédraogo

Director's first assistant
Issa Traoré De Brahima

Véronique Paris

Set photographers
Christophe Dupuy,
Didier Bergounhoux,
Ibrahim Ware

Martine Some

Make-up artist
Aminata Kaboré

Bill Mamadou Traoré, Amara Traoré

Abel Naba

Hassane Maiga

Seydou Ouédraogo

Adolphe Kaboré

Distributed by
ArtMattan Productions (USA)
Pierre Grise Distribution (France)
Libération Films (Belgium)

Release date (USA): May 24, 2002
Release date (France): June 12, 2002

released in the U.S. on DVD in 2007, by ArtMattan Productions, as a double-feature (GREAT AFRICAN FILMS - VOL 2) with another Burkinabé film, Tasuma, The Fighter (dir. Daniel Kollo Sanou).


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