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KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS Celebrates its 20th Anniversary This Year!


Everyone loves KIRIKOU!

KIRIKOU leads the way

KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS is a beautifully uplifting throwback to a simpler animated era, with refreshingly unique art and a timeless soundtrack!

Kirikou and the Sorceress's surprising honesty about the banality of evil makes the movie -- even with all its magic -- feel truly authentic.”
— Washington Post
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 16, 2018 / -- KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a big screen comeback on 35mm at BAM in New York, at Omaha and other cities around the country.

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Lisa Nesselson of Variety (11/1/99) notes: "KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS employs snappy visuals to tell a catchy story for all ages. A blend of African folktales "Kirikou" has both humor and flair."

KIRIKOU depicts a precocious newborn infant who battles ignorance, and so-called evil, with endearing perseverance. This film speaks to the child within us all who yearns to express and defend the best in others and ourselves.

KIRIKOU's stunning visuals are accented by a traditional music soundtrack by African music giant Youssou N'Dour of Senegal.

KIRIKOU has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% of the audience liked it!

Genre: Animation
Country (Language): France (French or English)

* WINNER - Grand Prix - Annecy International Animated Film Festival)- 1999
* WINNER - Adult's Jury Award Chicago International Children's Film Fest, USA - 1999
* WINNER - Children's Jury Award Chicago International Children's Film Fest, USA - 1999
* WINNER - Cinekid Film Award – 1999
* WINNER - Special Jury Prize - Montréal International Children's Film Festival – 2000
* WINNER - Unanimous decision by adult and young juries.- Cartagena Film Festival Prize of the Children's Cinema – 2000
* WINNER - Best European Feature Film - British Animation Awards - 2002
Director: Michel Ocelot, Raymond Burlet
Cast: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr

DVDs of Kirikou and the Sorceress are available for individual use at

Diarah N’Daw-Spech, ArtMattan Films
Tel (212) 864-1760, e-mail:

ArtMattan Films celebrates in 2017 twenty five years of exposing US audiences to a large variety of films about the human experience of people of color in many parts of the world. Films released by ArtMattan Films include Kirikou and the Sorceress, The Tracker, Gospel Hill, Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, The First Rasta, The Pirogue and most recently White Lies. More info at

Diarah N'Daw-Spech
ArtMattan Films
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Kirikou and the Sorceress Trailer

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