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Emitaï (1971)

As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

Director:

Ousmane Sembene

Writer:

Ousmane Sembene
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Cast

Cast overview:
Andongo Diabon Andongo Diabon
Robert Fontaine Robert Fontaine ... Commandant
Michel Renaudeau Michel Renaudeau ... Lieutenant
Ousmane Camara Ousmane Camara
Ibou Camara Ibou Camara
Alphonse Diatta Alphonse Diatta
Pierre Blanchard Pierre Blanchard ... Colonel
Cherif Tamba Cherif Tamba
Fode Cambay Fode Cambay
Etienne Mane Etienne Mane
Joseph Diatta Joseph Diatta
Dji Niassebaron Dji Niassebaron
Antio Bassene Antio Bassene
Mbissine Thérèse Diop Mbissine Thérèse Diop
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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray.

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Country:

Senegal

Language:

Wolof | French

Release Date:

10 January 1974 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Thunder See more »

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Production Co:

Filmi Domirev See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Could not be released in the director's home country of Senegal, because of pressure from the French government, which disliked the depiction of French colonialism. See more »

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Followed by Camp de Thiaroye (1988) See more »

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Concept = 9; Production = 4
27 August 2001 | by Cliff SloaneSee all my reviews

This frustrating film is brilliant in concept but intensely awkward in execution. His main themes throughout his career are hammered relentlessly: that male elders invited their oppression and that the society rests on the labor of women. But the philosophical issues are alluded to in passing and the use of non-actors portraying elders should have given far less time to their deliberations. The ending is far too abrupt and thwarts the understanding he was building up to all along. Compare this to his most recent film "Faat Kine" and you will see Sembene's development as a storyteller.


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