Tasuma, the Fighter | Chicago Reader

Tasuma, the Fighter

The protagonist of Daniel Kollo Sanou's charming and gentle 2003 comedy is an old soldier in Burkina Faso (Mamadou Zerbo) whose pension for services rendered to France in its colonial wars has been held up by red tape. A figure of dogged dignity, Tasuma at first shows little rancor, singing old army songs and bragging about past battles. Believing that the funds are finally about to arrive, he buys a mill on credit for his village; when the windfall is again withheld, he threatens violence, but the story ends civilly in a manner that upholds communal over private interests. In French and Moré with subtitles. 88 min.

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