Reel Black: Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress

1998 | 74 min. | Michel Ocelot

April 21, 2024

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Kirikou is born in an African village under a curse: the spring has dried up, the villagers are blackmailed, the men of the village have been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. To free the village Kirikou must journey to the Forbidden Mountain, where adventures await him.


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An enchanting animated film that transports viewers to a vibrant African village. This timeless tale follows the tiny yet courageous Kirikou, born miraculously already speaking and walking. When the village falls under the spell of the malevolent sorceress Karaba, Kirikou embarks on a fearless quest to save his people. Armed with wit, bravery, and determination, Kirikou confronts mystical challenges, unveiling the true power of compassion. The film's unique animation style, rich cultural tapestry, and heartwarming narrative make it a cinematic gem for all ages. As Kirikou's indomitable spirit defies odds, Kirikou and the Sorceress becomes a celebration of resilience, wisdom, and the triumph of good over evil, leaving a lasting impression on the audience's hearts.

  • Director: Michel Ocelot
  • Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 74 min.
  • Filmography: Princes and Princesses, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Azur & Asmar
  • US Distributor: Artmattan

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