SARRAOUNIA Does anyone happen to possess a copy or know where I can get a copy of the Afrikan epic film Sarraounia (1986) by Afrikan producer & director Med Hondo?? I've searched till I'm blue in the face and even tried to contact the producer but no luck so far. This true story of Sarraounia echoes the major roles Afrikan women played throughout ourstory in leading male warriors in battle against their oppresors. In 1899 Queen & Priestess Sarraounia led her army in the Battle of Lougou against French colonislist in Afrika whilst many of the Kingdoms submitted Islamic pressure to relinquish their Afrikan Traditional Religions. The term sorceress was used to describe her magickal powers which was uses as well as military might to confront the oppressors. She was ruler of an animist group of Eastern Hausa. Queen Sarraounia of the Aznas in Africa fought French colonists in 1899. While some kingdoms readily collaborated with the French in the hope of finally subduing her and her kingdom, and others capitulated without a fight, she mobilized her people and resources, military as well as magical, to confront the French force which launched a fierce attack on her fortress capital of Lougou. Overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the French, she and her fighters retreated tactically from the fortress, and engaged the attackers in a protracted guerrilla battle which eventually forced the French to abandon their project of subduing her. Sarraounia means queen or chiefess, and among the Azna people of Lougou and surrounding Hausa towns and villages, the term refers to a lineage of female rulers who exercised both political and religious power. The 1986 film Sarraounia is based on her life. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarraounia Sarraounia - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org To read on Niger and Sarraounia: one hundred years of forgetting female leadership. Publication: Research in African Literatures Publication Date: 22-MAR-09 Author: Alou, Antoinette Tidjani Read here: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-36691601_ITM Love, Peace!