By :
Amadou THIOR
Senegal, 2000
85 min
A groundbreaking film about child slavery on religious grounds that was stopped from being released, and a target of numerous fatwas.
The almost adolescent boy Modou studies at a coranic school that resembles an exploitation camp more than a place where young boys destined to be future holy men are brought up.  Determined to escape from an existence where he is forced to beg in the streets to support his teacher, the strong-minded boy, who learns that he cannot even trust his own family, finds a friend in Mama Coumba, a street vendor.

Not only was the release of Amadou Thior’s disturbing but humorous film stopped, religious leaders have also condemned it on more than one occasion and issued fatwas against it.