Kirikou and the Sorceress
The first feature from Azur & Asmar creator Michel Ocelot is one of the most stunningly beautiful, poetic, and entertaining films ever created for children and ushered in a modern renaissance in French feature animation. The film is an exquisitely animated African tale of a small boy, Kirikou, with extraordinary abilities. When he discovers that his village is cursed by Karaba, a terrifying sorceress, Kirikou sets off on an adventure to rid the village of Karaba’s curse by understanding what has made her so angry. With an original soundtrack by Youssou N’Oour, Kirikou and the Sorceress is the winner of dozens of animation awards, including the Grand Prix at Annecy, and has become an absolute classic of animated cinema. NYICFF first premiered Kirikou at the 2000 Festival, and Michel Ocelot is currently a member of the NYICFF jury.