Sex, Okra and Salted Butter

Sex, Okra and Salted Butter (Sexe, gombo et beurre salé) is a 2008 comedy drama film that was originally produced for television. The film focusses on a Malian family living in Bordeaux, France.

Sex, Okra and Salted Butter
Directed byMahamat Saleh Haroun
Screenplay byMahamat-Saleh Haroun
Marc Gautron
Isabelle Boni Claverie
Produced byAgat Films & Cie
StarringMarius Yelolo
Aïssa Maïga
Mata Gabin
Lorella Cravotta
Diouc Koma
Marie-Philmène Nga
Claudia Tagbo
CinematographyFrançois Kuhnel
Edited byMarie-Hélène Dozo
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
81 minutes


Hortense (Mata Gabin), a nurse of African origin in her forties, abandons her family to be with her lover, Jean-Paul – an oyster cultivator in the Arcachon Bay. Her husband, Malik (Marius Yelolo) remains in denial about his wife's departure as he is left to look after their children – two boys aged 12 and 6. While Malik dreams of returning home to Mali, the rest of his family (including his eldest son Dani (Diouc Koma), whose homosexual identity is suddenly revealed to Malik) embrace life in France. The unexpected arrival of the beautiful and mysterious Amina (Aïssa Maïga) further complicates the family situation, alongside a close relationship that develops between Malik and his lonely neighbour Mme Myriam (Lorella Cravotta).

The film was screened at the Film Africa festival in 2012[1] and is shown on UK television on The Africa Channel International (Sky 209 & Virgin Media 828).[2]


  1. ^ "Sex, Okra and Salted Butter". Film Africa. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  2. ^ "Africa Picture House presents Sex, Okra and Salted Butter". The Africa Channel. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2012-02-04.

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