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The Night of Truth (2004)
"La nuit de la vérité" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 July 2005 (France)
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La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Moussa Cissé ...
Col. Theo Bogwanda (as Commandant Moussa Cissé)
Georgette Paré ...
Soumari
Adama Ouédraogo ...
Président Miossoune
Naky Sy Savane ...
Edna (as Naky Sy Savané)
Yves Thombiano ...
N'Gove (as Capitaine Yves Thombiano)
Claude Kaboré ...
Youba (as Capitaine Claude Kobaré)
Sami Rama ...
Fatou (as Sami Rama Goumbané)
Rasmane Ouedraogo ...
Tomoto
Odilia Yoni ...
Awa
Cedric Zida ...
Honoré Bogwanda
Raissa Andrea Yoni ...
Mina Bogwanda
Troupe Naba Yaadega ...
Themselves
Blandine Yaméogo ...
Woman Painter
Serge Henry ...
The driver
Ben Idriss Zoungrana ...
The journalist
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La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Theo, there is some sign of peace negotiations. But not everyone is in favor of peace and one can feel the tension. The night of truth starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation. Written by spijker_nl

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reconciliation
9 June 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

African cinema is not generally the most widely seen. You've probably never heard of Fanta Régina Nacro. However, if "La nuit de la vérité" ("The Night of Truth" in English) is any indication, she is an impressive director. Set in an unidentified African country, the movie depicts an attempted reconciliation between the ethnic groups who have been at war for ten years. However, wounds continue to fester.

I got the feeling that the movie was alluding to the Rwandan Genocide. I understand that the one saving grace of that infamous chapter in world history is that the Rwandans decided to never again view each other as Hutu or Tutsi, just as Rwandans, and a number of the people who participated in the genocide publicly apologized to each other. Similarly, Nelson Mandela established the Truth and Reconciliation Committee in South Africa to help both sides deal with the memory of apartheid. As Nacro's movie shows, reconciliation isn't necessarily that simple. These issues are the remaining effects of colonialism in the continent.

Another thing that I like about these movies are that they show us cultures that we don't often see. Indeed, I had never even heard of the Dyula language and people until I saw this movie. It's amazing what you can learn by avoiding Michael Bay movies. I recommend the movie.


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