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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Tabata Ndiaye ...
Princess Dior
Moustapha Yade ...
Madir Fatim Fall
Ismaila Diagne ...
The Kidnapper
Matoura Dia ...
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Omar Gueye ...
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Mamadou Dioumé ...
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Ousmane Camara ...
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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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Not Slow for the Vulnerable Observer

Ceddo is one of the first films to come out of Africa (it was promptly banned in Senegal). It contains both subtle and not-so-subtle political messages in the conversations of characters fighting to keep their traditional way of life. The film holds a wealth of information that the casual eye might not catch. Linguists and other language buffs will enjoy the form and styles of speech (no one speaks directly to those of higher class, a major form of communicating ideas is to use metaphorical sayings, etc.). Those fascinated by culture will notice the myriad customs that might go unnoticed to other viewers. It is a film of revolt! Highly recomended.


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