Directed by Med Hondo
Produced by Med Hondo
Written by Med Hondo, Abdoulaye Maman
Burkina Faso/ Mauritania/ France, 1986
The film takes place in Niger and the surrounding region of the Sahel. It begins with the initiation and establishment of a young girl as queen of the Aznas.The young queen, Sarraounia, becomes an accomplished warrior when she defends her tribe from an enemy tribe. Accomplished in archery and herbalism, she is a renowned sorceress. Meanwhile, French colonialists Paul Voulet and Julien Chanoine set out to conquer new lands for the French colonial empire. As they advance across the land they rape women and leave burning villages in their wake.