SHERIFA | Film review | by Andy Graham

Un film de Steven Af - The story of the gentlemen's agreement to look the other way, the brutal realities that are compounded daily in Africa.

SHERIFA | Film review | by Andy Graham

shefifa 4 stars

This is great movie of exposure, insight, it is explanation; an accurate story of the lie, of mockery endemic in Africa.

Like a dog, you beat it, and it keeps coming back for more."
- Andy Graham 


I woke up this morning angry, I feel a victim of Africa, I want to run back to the USA and hide from them --- the people of Africa.

This is the greatest compliment a film can receive, to make the audience, the viewer, the reader feel so much, that we wake the next day still feeling.

OK, Andy, do not jump, “Sharifa,” was just a movie, it was not real life, and at the same time it was real life, and herein lies the problem. How to keep this movie in perspective, and not over exaggerate the reality, but to lay the dirty laundry on the bed?

Sherifa Le Flim

Is the movie accurate, yes, 100 percent?
Is the movie inaccurate, yes, 100 percent?

It is the best, and the worst, it is the best of Africa, and the worst, it is something you need to watch, and maybe leave angry.

“After a childhood deeply destabilized by parents who were unable to protect her, Sherifa will escape the day of her forced marriage. Thus begins the adventure of the one that will be raped and abused. And when the secret wound of excision proves, nothing would ever be the same. In his quest for freedom and better life, the teenager will face the cruelty which will rushing her into the world of prostitution.”

Steven AF

I am in Kara, Togo, West Africa, and a good friend asked me to attend a movie with her at 18:30 hours at place called “Affairs Sociales”

It was like the movie, I was invited and I get to pay the admission. She is a married woman, but I am to pretend I am not a surrogate. The movie was to start at 6:30; it started at 7:30. A fat woman sang before it started, and she demanded we reply back, I mean she was fat, and too fat, but I am to pretend she is beautiful. The sound was too loud, the projection was horrible.

The crowd started to laugh when the young girl was getting raped, everything was inappropriate; it was not “Gentil.”

As I was forced to sit in a chair, almost a hostage to the situation, I woke this morning and said to myself,
“This was a great movie.”

"And Damn you, you made me feel, I want to keep my eyes wide open, but closed, what give you the right?"

I will always have resentments towards African people, for what they make me feel, and re-feel, and feel again.

When the scene came, where I believe old woman were performing a “Clitoridectomy” on Sharifa, pronounced,
“Sherry FAT.”

I had enough, stood up, and walk out of the movie, it was too good, to real, too Africa, for me to remain in Africa, I need to hide.

Sherifa Film

My advice it to watch the movie, and keep saying to yourself,
“It is just a movie.”
“It is just a movie.”
“It is just a movie.”

But it is 100 percent accurate and 100 percent inaccurate, and when you understand I am telling the truth.
“Bonne arrivée Togo.”

Do you mean it? Yes and No, the mockery we live with, the lies we sustain, and my dream that African can stop looking the other way too often, and too many times.

sherifa child abuse

Watch the movie, no regrets, but never with a slight of hand.

I am your friend Africa; please do not shoot the messenger, I want to be honest, and I am always afraid.

I hope, and believe this is the official web-site:

And, as always, there is always hope in Africa, to bring things into the light, for one day, it would be nice to live in complete confidence of what I see and hear, that all is not a lie, that truth will prevail, that poetic justice is possible.

Standing in line, waiting to enter to watch the film "Sherifa."
Oops, many people cut line, this is Africa... love it, don't leave it.

Andy Graham
Kara, Togo West Africa April 14, 2013


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Whew Andy. This seems to go on and on in Africa and the Middle East but also in some other countries, cultures.
Men are number one and most women are chattle. It's a sad thing but it will continue as long as cultures that use it refuse to join the modern, more civilized world. They try to rationalize it to the rest of the world with various illogical reasons.
I have not traveled to Africa yet, but I have seen the same thing in other countries and though this is my opinion based on research and personal observation, two of the largest problems, other than tradition, is there are to many people on this planet who do not have a decent education and as you pointed out many can't even read and write.
There are other reasons it goes on, money or trade being one, religion, poverty, etc.
Unfortunately it does occur in other countries with different cultures and generally better life styles but not on the same level.
One of the things that upsets me when I am in another country and sitting in a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, whatever and some "ugly" American or people who obviously have a decent life style make jokes or put down those who have this and other problems and laugh and enjoy themselves without regard to any locals.
Yeah there's still ugly American and people from all over that are rude, crude and stupid.
Oh well, thanks for a good post Andy.

As an after thought I remember about 4 or 5 maybe more? years ago reading about Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei worth over 40 billion and one of the last absolute rulers in the world.
He of course stated that this never happened and he had no knowledge of such a thing could happen in his wonderful country.
One of a few (4/5) beautiful, blonde, American girls were "invited" all expenses paid to visit and attend some kind of party, his 50th birthday hosted by his brother 2006 I think.
Long short story, it was an extremely expensive to do party for sure. The girls did not know they were going to be auctioned off and all but one were able to get away from it quickly and returned home. Another was detained and had a very difficult time but finally did get out without any serious harm or being auctioned.
She apparently tried to sue the Sultan which being an absolute ruler and denying he had any thing to do with it, the problem quickly was out of the news.
Maybe he didn't and it was all his brother's doing but I doubt it.

Have you ever been to this country Andy?

Hello, I have not went to Brunei, yet.

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