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October 23, 2007

OPTIONAL: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

What storytelling moves does this film make that you might use in writing a story?


  • For instance: Consider the opening scene. A woman is arrested in the marketplace. The market people surround her, watch her humiliation, but do nothing to assist her. Might there be a parallel between the market people as spectators, and us--movie viewers (readers)--as spectators?
  • Why does Mambety create this film in an almost "fairy tale" style? What effects does it have on you as a viewer? What are the modern possibilities of using a "fairy tale" style, which ends (very differently from "Douloti") in a manner that is almost happily ever after?
  • What other storytelling moves did you notice? Which could and couldn't be used in text?