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.
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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
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
Referenced in L'envers du décor