Senegalese director Joseph Gai Ramaka reworks Bizet’s Carmen, with Djeinaba Diop Gai as a singing-and-dancing bisexual dynamo who seduces a female warden, escapes from prison, and enlists a policeman in her smuggling operation. In one libidinal dance number the irrepressible Karmen taunts the corrupt authorities in her audience: “You have swallowed up the country—we’ll eat your gut.” Produced in 2000, Ramaka’s film upset the authorities too: according to the BBC, Senegal’s prime minister led protests against the film because Mouride chants accompanied a scene in which Karmen’s lesbian lover, the prison chief, is buried, and members of the Islamic Mouride sect threatened to torch a Dakar cinema. The film’s story line is loose, but Gai gives a strong performance as the transgressive heroine, a voluptuous woman with a passion for populism. In French and Wolof with subtitles. 86 min.