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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

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Banned by the Senegalese government for several years, likely for the unflattering portrayal of Islam. The official reason given was that the title was incorrectly spelled in a European fashion. 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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Featured in Caméra d'Afrique (1983) See more »

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More important than when it was first made
16 March 2002 | by popshrinkSee all my reviews

Ok - Ceddo starts slow and I'm as impatient as the next guy - even if that was then, this is 25-yrs after. No matter.

In a second recent viewing, the RC Missionaries were just as fanatatical, greedy and stupid as I'd recalled. The Muslims were as fanatic, greedy and eager to turn a buck (dinar?) by selling off any Senegalese who disn't - WHAM! - adopt Islam. Buyers were slave-trading Portuguese RCs who hadn't been quite dumb enough to be slaughtered earlier in the flick by the invading Osama-style Muslims.

Henry Louis "Skip" Gates of Harvard may have missed "Ceddo" - but Skip appears to get the point. Maybe. My three kids - Herself and li'l Kobe and MJ - me harder sells. But they're at "that age." Fine: they think I'm at "that age," too. Again, no matter.

See it!


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