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Ceddo (1977)

 -  Drama  -  12 April 1979 (Hungary)
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Tabata Ndiaye ...
Princess Dior
Moustapha Yade ...
Madir Fatim Fall
Ismaila Diagne ...
The Kidnapper
Matoura Dia ...
The King
Omar Gueye ...
Jaraaf (as Oumar Gueye)
Mamadou Dioumé ...
Prince Biram
Nar Modou ...
Saxewar
Ousmane Camara ...
Diogomay
Ousmane Sembene ...
A Ceddo renamed Ibrahima
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap his daughter, Princess Dior Yacine, to protest their forcible conversion to Islam. After trying to rescue the princess, various heirs to the throne are killed, and the King is murdered during the night. Eventually the kidnappers are killed and the princess is brought back to the village to confront the Imam, as all the villagers are being given Muslim names. Written by Will Gilbert

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Banned by the Senegalese government for several years, likely for the unflattering portrayal of Islam. The official reason given was that the title was incorrectly spelled in a European fashion. See more »

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The action sets at the end of seventeenth century but the umbrella over the imam, when he is on the throne, is clearly contemporary. See more »

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Referenced in L'envers du décor (1980) See more »

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Good, if a tad slow
26 August 2012 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

An interesting picture, though a tad slow. Three cultures, the ceddo, the Christians and the Muslims are tensely struggling for power in rural Africa. The ceddo (which means "outsider") have kidnapped the king's daughter because they are sick of having to kowtow to the power-hungry imam (the film is surprisingly unkind toward Islam, and was actually banned for that reason in Sembene's native Senegal). I loved the colors and the music. The story is good, but there are a few too many sequences of the characters sitting around debating the various merits of their religions (which amounts to, "If you don't believe what I believe, you're going to Hell!"). That stuff gets old quick.


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