Karmen Gei

Overview

The story of tempestuous Carmen, first told in a short story by Prosper Merimee and made famous in an opera by Georges Bizet, gets a new and striking modern-dress adaptation in this provocative drama with music. Karmen Gei (Jeinaba Diop Gai) is an inmate in a women's prison in Senegal; lusty, impulsive, and looking out for herself at all times, Karmen's uninhibited dancing and sensual demeanor excites the Sapphic passions of Angelique (Stephanie Biddle), the prison's warden, who allows herself to be seduced by ...
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Overview

The story of tempestuous Carmen, first told in a short story by Prosper Merimee and made famous in an opera by Georges Bizet, gets a new and striking modern-dress adaptation in this provocative drama with music. Karmen Gei (Jeinaba Diop Gai) is an inmate in a women's prison in Senegal; lusty, impulsive, and looking out for herself at all times, Karmen's uninhibited dancing and sensual demeanor excites the Sapphic passions of Angelique (Stephanie Biddle), the prison's warden, who allows herself to be seduced by the wanton Karmen. Once Angelique falls asleep, Karmen sees the coast is clear and escapes to town, where she is caught by military policeman Col. Lamine Diop (Magaye Adama Niang) after insulting factotums of the nation's military leadership. However, Diop proves no match for Karmen's seductive charms, and after having her way with him, she once again escapes and Diop finds himself behind bars. Karmen arranges for Diop's escape, but it isn't long before he realizes she is using him as a plaything and has little respect for him as a man; however, by this time he's too deeply addicted to Karmen's passions to turn away. While inspired in part by Bizet's opera, Karmen Gai boats an all-new score by David Murray, Julien Jouga, and Doudou Ndiaye Rose that draws on elements of pop, jazz, and Afro-pop for its original themes.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 738329039226
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,235

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeinaba Diop Gai Karmen Gei
Magaye Niang Lamine Diop
Stephanie Biddle Prison Gov. Angelique
Thierno Ndiaye Old Samba
El Hadji Ndiaye Massigui
Aissatou Diop Madjiguene
Widemir Normil Superintendent
Technical Credits
Joseph Gaï Ramaka Director, Screenwriter
Julien Jouga Score Composer
David Murray Score Composer
Doudou Ndiaye Rose Score Composer
Richard Sadler Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Karmen Makes Havoc [6:15]
2. Fighting With Dance [7:37]
3. A Soldier Is Lost [4:31]
4. Ma Penda [6:18]
5. Love & Freedom [5:20]
6. Prisoners of Love [5:24]
7. Taking Chances [7:13]
8. Confronting Death [7:12]
9. Mourning [6:29]
10. Splitting [6:45]
11. Loving & Rejecting [5:54]
12. Haunted by Death [4:30]
13. Love Kills [8:44]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Interview With Dr. Joanna Grabski, Teacher of African Visual Culture at Denison University
      Stills Gallery
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