Bon Voyage Sim. 1966. Niger. Directed by Moustapha Alassane. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 5 min.
Monsieur Sim, the president of the Republic of Toads, receives a scoundrel’s welcome from his citizenry after returning from a luxury holiday abroad (disguised as a diplomatic mission).
Le Retour d’un aventurier (The Return of an Adventurer). 1966. Niger. Directed by Moustapha Alassane. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 34 min.
With Ibrahim Yacouba, Zalika Souley, Abdou Nani, Djingarey Maiga. One of Alassane’s most celebrated films, this homage to the American Western follows a band of wannabe outlaws who ransack a Nigerien village.
Les Cowboys sont noirs (The Cowboys Are Black). 1966. France. Directed by Serge Moati. In French, Hausa; English subtitles. 15 min.
Scenes from the production of Alassane’s The Return of an Adventurer, the first African Western. On weekdays, the cowboys are taxi drivers and mechanics; on weekends, they’re hipster cowboys enacting fantasies of tearing up the town.