Faat-Kine | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Ousman Sembene, the greatest of all African filmmakers (and one of the finest fiction writers on the continent as well), directed this upbeat 2000 comedy from Senegal, about a sassy, self-made woman who manages a filling station. Faat-Kine supports two illegitimate children by different fathers, along with her mother, and she's not about to take shit from anyone. This is Sembene's first film in eight years, and while it's no less serious or political than his other late films (Camp Thiroye, Guelwaan), it's a good deal funnier, more easygoing, and more affirmative. 118 min. A 35-millimeter print will be shown. Gene Siskel Film Center, Saturday, August 11, 8:00, and Sunday, August 12, 3:30.

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