The film «Sia
le rêve du python» is a cinematic adaptation
of the legend of Wagadu (a 7th century myth of the Soninke people),
inspired by the play «La légende du Wagadu vue par
Sia Yatabéré» (The legend of Wagadu as seen
by Sia Yatabéré) by the Mauritanian playwright Moussa
The film is a political and contemporary approach to the Myth,
a reflexion on the use of mysticism by people in power.
It was filmed between August and September 1999 in Burkina Faso.
The palace exteriors were shot in the Ouagadougou region (Kokologho)
and the rest was shot in Bobo-Dioulasso, specifically in "Dioulassoba",
the old part of the town, and its environs.
The project was received as a prime exemple of artistic integration
in West Africa. Indeed the film was inspired by the work of a
Mauritanian playwright who contributed largely to the development
to the cinematic adaptation.
The casting is essentially from Mali, with renowned actors from
Burkina Faso, the director and screenwriter, Dani
Kouyaté, is himself from Burkina.