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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 ... See full summary »

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Ousmane Sembene

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Ousmane Sembene
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tabata Ndiaye Tabata Ndiaye ... Princess Dior
Moustapha Yade Moustapha Yade ... Madir Fatim Fall
Ismaila Diagne Ismaila Diagne ... The Kidnapper
Matoura Dia Matoura Dia ... The King
Omar Gueye Omar Gueye ... Jaraaf (as Oumar Gueye)
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou Dioumé ... Prince Biram
Nar Modou Nar Modou ... Saxewar
Ousmane Camara Ousmane Camara ... Diogomay
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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Country:

Senegal

Language:

Wolof | English | Arabic

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Outsiders See more »

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Films Domireew, Sembene See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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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26 July 2002 | by russellcraigrSee all my reviews

the dream of cinema becoming (again) a world language has always seemed to me to cover a sadder loss - which language? almost certainly, mainstream narrative well - watch this film and see another way of doing things it's funny, profound, conversational, slow (??? do the other people mean long takes?? the film is not slow at all) and timeless and the colours and the central position of Woman and - yes - the rigour of Sembene make this (still 30 years on) a landmark of world cinema and so light a man with trousers of fat should not stand close to the fire right


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