Retrospective - The Birth of The Cinema In Africa

F.V.V.A. - Femme, ville, voiture, argent

F.V.V.A. - women, towns, cars, money
by Mustapha Alassane
Country: Niger
Year: 1972
Duration: 69'

Ali is the image of modern Africa. On his motorbike, he returns happily from a football match but a nasty surprise is waiting for him at his parents' home. He finds Haoua, his bride-to-be, waiting for him. The wedding is celebrated shortly afterwards and the two begin life together under the same roof. They are strangers but cannot stand each other. Haoua is the classic traditional woman who has just arrived from the village, God-fearing and faithful to the laws of tradition. Ali's friends advise him to look for a second wife. He meets Henriette, the uninhibited and provocative city girl: the woman of his dreams. To meet Henriette's constant requests, Ali "borrows" some money from the coffers of commander Soleymane, but he is discovered and ends up in prison. Henriette is furious and leaves him whilst Haoua cries for him in despair.


film director

Mustapha Alassane


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Mustapha Alassane.
Cast: Abdoulaye Zingaré, Sawadogo Bintou, Kouyaté Sotigui, Maiga Djingareye.
Production company: co-produzione del Niger e dell'Alto-Volta, con la partecipazione del Ministère de la Coopération Français.