‘Karmen’ draws Muslim protest

World Brief

Muslims activists in the West African state of Senegal besieged a Dakar cinema showing “Karmen Gei,” a reworking of the “Carmen” story by Senegalese helmer Joseph Gaye Ramaka, claiming pic is blasphemous.

Ramaka’s version transposes Georges Bizet’s famous opera to the slave traders’ island of Goree, now a memorial to the terrible traffic in human beings, off the coast of Dakar.

A Muslim leader made a radio appeal for protests against the film because of a scene where Muslim religious chants accompany the burial of a lesbian.

A French-Canadian co-production, “Karmen Gei” was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in June and released in Dakar in July.

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