French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make "proper" soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the "war" after several bungles on the part of the others.
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The picture that marches to a different drummer.
Did You Know?
Jean-Jacques Annaud, in an interview included as an extra in the DVD, explains how he got the idea a few years before. He was working in Cameroun as part of his French national service. He read in an history of the country about the battle of Mora in the northern part of the country and from there grew the story that became the film. See more
[writing a letter
To Lucien Herr, College of Advanced Education, 45 rue d'Ulm, Fifth Arrondissement, Paris, in care of Administrator Tarato. St. Pierre de Samba, French Equatorial Africa. Fort Coulais, January 6, 1915. Dear teacher, and if I may, dear friend. Here is my punishment for not excelling in nobler fields of study. I should be teaching Greek in one of those pleasant schools of which our province is so proud but instead here I am under a summer sky wandering through virgin savannahs ...