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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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A moving, self-consciously Shakespearian exploration of reconciliation after bloody sectarian warfare
16 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set in an un-named African country in the immediate aftermath of a lengthy, bloody civil war, this taut tale takes place on a 'day of reconciliation' where the president, the leader of the opposition and their spouses meet to celebrate the end of hostilities. But after atrocities on both sides and lingering ethnic tensions, can there really be peace? From the beginning the tension between members of the two sides is palpable and as the film continues, the atmosphere of menace grows as the leaders struggle to cement a lasting peace but old wounds remain fresh.

The director is the first female director of a feature film in sub-Saharan Africa, and is inspired in part by her own experiences. It can be a little too theatrical in parts, but if you take it as it is meant, as a moral fable rather than a docudrama, it is a striking and poignant work.


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