Moustapha Alassane

Prod.: Tahoua Productions. 35mm. D.: 15’. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Kokoa is a stop-motion tour de force. In it, Alassane transforms Niger’s traditional style of kokowa wrestling into a championship of animal combatants – toads, birds, iguanas, and a chameleon – in a sweltering arena, goaded by a lavender-voiced frog announcer and a crowd of placid onlookers. Even when the puppets’ faces remain frozen, the dynamic movements (particularly of the crab referee) and droll commentary re-contextualize the sport while celebrating its thrills – anthropomorphized, but without easy allegory.

Steve Macfarlane, “Filmmaker Magazine”, Spring 2017

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