Zalika Souley, Niger’s first female movie star, is the focus of this 2004 documentary, a study of the rise and decline of the West African nation’s independent cinema. Director Rahmatou Keita tracks Souley’s career from her breakthrough in a western through the femme fatale roles that led to her being rejected by conservative Muslim audiences, who equated her with her characters. Souley was eventually forced to retire; now in her 50s and the mother of four children, she’s all but forgotten. In French, Songhoy, Hausa, and Zarma with subtitles. 69 min.