An adaptation of Bizet’s opera Carmen set in contemporary Senegal, Karmen Geï has been screened and won awards at festivals around the world, including the Cannes Festival in 2001 and in 2002 at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (Los Angeles) where it received the Best Feature Award. “Mr. Ramaka keeps music bubbling through the text . . . music becomes an organic part of the way the characters lead their lives, instead of having them break meaninglessly into song. The wonderful soundtrack . . . has a come-hither fire . . .” (Elvis Mitchell, New York Times).