Imagine a bustling marketplace, stars twinkling through holes in worn tarps, and at the heart of it all, a little girl named Fatima. Not just any child, but chosen by destiny to carry out a mission of heartbreaking complexity.

A suicide belt, ten minutes to change the fate of the market – this is the starting point of “L’Envoyée de Dieu” by Amina A. Mamani. But don’t expect an ordinary story. Close your eyes and feel the power of this tale.

12-year-old Fatima finds herself at the heart of a hellish spiral. Yet, she refuses to be defined by the darkness that surrounds her. She becomes the reflection of innocence confronted by evil, a fragile yet fearless light.

Beyond Fatima and the spiritual guide, the true envoy of God might well be her mother. Through poignant flashbacks, we discover a courageous mother raising her daughter in a marketplace where life can be as harsh as the stones beneath her bare feet. Isn’t she the one who prepared Fatima to face the darkness that threatens their existence?

The film raises questions that haunt us long after the last scene. Who are the true enemies of God? Is the power of the Jihadists really linked to faith?

The choice of colors, the warm light that envelops Fatima, her scarifications like an identity card, all contribute to creating a visually captivating atmosphere of reality. The soundtrack, from the ticking of the watch to the crescendo of the heartbeat, intensifies the anguish and hope, underlining the constant duality that inhabits Fatima.

“L’Envoyée de Dieu” is a sensory experience that shakes our convictions and stirs our emotions. Beyond the child and the spiritual guide, the film explores the depths of motherhood and resilience in the face of darkness.

So, close your eyes and let yourself be carried away by this poignant journey where a little girl, prepared by her mother, faces the dark side of religion. Perhaps, in the end, it is the mother who embodies the true envoy of God, seeking to save not only her daughter but also her entire marketplace.

Kosi Sessi

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