by Mamadou Dia
(LE PÈRE DE NAFI /NAFI’S FATHER)
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When Tierno, the acting imam of a small town, discovers that his daughter Nafi has agreed to marry the son of his older brother Ousmane, he becomes desperate to find a way to stop the wedding, without getting in the way of his daughter’s independence. The source of his alarm is Ousmane’s growing affiliation with a fundamentalist form of Islam that believes in employing any means to prevail, even violence. As Ousmane’s power in the town strengthens, his relationship with his more moderate brother becomes ever more fractured.
Best feature film, Quebec City International Film Festival (2020)
Best feature film, Festival Vues d’Afrique (Montréal, 2020)
Best feature film, Locarno Film Festival
Discovery prize, Namur International French Film Festival (Belgium, 2019)
The international critics prize, Luxor African Film Festival (Egypt, 2019)
Marrakech International Film Festival (Morocco, 2020)
Festival des 3 Continents (Nantes, France, 2020)
Atlanta Film Festival (2020)
Rotterdam International Film Festival
The film vibrantly articulates all that's lost when people are held under the draconian decree of warlords.
— Slant Magazine
Human passions and disasters, painfully inextricable blood ties , Nafi’s Father still comes across as a film in the present tense, whose aesthetic reflects a perpetual and breathless tension between opposites.
— Festival des 3 Continents
Power dynamics wrapped in religious intolerance drives a wedge between two brothers in Mamadou Dia’s engrossing feature debut, Nafi’s Father. While presenting two competing visions of Islam, the film plainly shows fundamentalism as an aberrant strain foreign to Senegal, wielded as a means of control rather than a genuine belief system; even though the Islamist topic is hardly under the radar of late, Dia grants his characters warmth and humour in their struggles and makes the story feel fresh without compromising on drama.