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"Xala" is a 1975 Senegalese film directed by Ousmane Sembène. It is an adaptation of Sembène's 1973 novel of the same name. The film depicts El Hadji, a businessman in Senegal, who is cursed with crippling erectile dysfunction upon the day of his marriage to his third wife. The film satirizes the corruption in African post-independence governments; El Hadji's impotence symbolizes the failure of such governments to be useful at all.

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Google previewBit & Spur (1907)

Xala is a much improved horse.

Google previewFilm Studies For Dummies (2015)

by James Cateridge

Xala (1975): Xala is a Wolof (that is, a Senegalese language) word meaning temporary sexual impotence, which is important in this satire about failed masculinity among the wealthy business class in Dakar. ✓ Moolaadé (2004): Film -makers ...

Google previewWorld on Film (2011)

An Introduction by Martha P. Nochimson

Certainly, Xala is a bitingly satirical film that uses the story of the rise and fall of Hadji Aboucader Beye to show that even though Senegal's independence from France was officially declared in 1960, the French were still the main political force.

Google previewRethinking Marriage in Francophone African and Carribean Literatures (2008)

by Cécile Accilien

Xala is a masterpiece because it uses interconnected tropes of marriage, a wedding ceremony, and sexual impotency to reveal intrinsic links among economic, ...

Google previewCinematic Uses of the Past (1996)

by Marcia Landy

Xala is a consummate dramatization of the folklore of common sense. Its invocation of history has many layers, not all of them negative and none of them exclusive. The film portrays long-standing antagonisms between rural and urban life, ...

Google previewGrammar and Dictionary of the Buluba-Lulua Language as Spoken in the Upper Kasai and Congo Basin (1906)

by William McCutchan Morrison

xala, lkala. over, xala. Remainder, nph., clntu(7) cl- xale .

Google previewThe New international encyclopaedia (1906)

by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby

a translation into German prose by Kellner, Xala und Damayantl (Leipzig, 1886), and several others.

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Scrabble value of X8A1L1A1

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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