10 user 17 critic

Ceddo (1977)

In protest of forced conversion to Islam, the Ceddo (outsiders) kidnap King Demba War's daughter Princess Dior Yacine and hold her hostage.


Ousmane Sembene


Ousmane Sembene
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tabata Ndiaye Tabata Ndiaye ... Princess Dior Yacine (as Tabara Ndiaye)
Alioune Fall Alioune Fall ... Fall the Seed of the Dynasty
Moustapha Yade Moustapha Yade ... Madior Fatim Fall
Matoura Dia Matoura Dia ... The King
Ismaila Diagne Ismaila Diagne ... The Ceddo Kidnapper (as Mamadou N'Diaye Diagne)
Ousmane Camara Ousmane Camara ... Fara Diogomay the Elder Ceddo / Ousmane
Nar Modou Nar Modou ... Mugis / Saxewar the Warrior
Makhouredia Gueye Makhouredia Gueye ... King Demba War Thioub
Mamadou Dioumé Mamadou Dioumé ... Prince Biram Ngone Thioub (as Mamadou Dioum)
Omar Gueye Omar Gueye ... Jaraaf the King's Mediator (as Oumar Gueye)
Mamadou Sy Mamadou Sy
Mody Gueye Mody Gueye
Samba Touré Samba Touré
Serigne N'Diaye Serigne N'Diaye
Pierre Orma Pierre Orma ... The Priest


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


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 (1980) See more »


(in Diola language)
Interpreted by Chorale Saint Joseph de Cluny - Dakar
Conducted by Julien Juga
See more »

User Reviews

Not Slow for the Vulnerable Observer
13 May 2004 | by worldtyrantSee all my reviews

Ceddo is one of the first films to come out of Africa (it was promptly banned in Senegal). It contains both subtle and not-so-subtle political messages in the conversations of characters fighting to keep their traditional way of life. The film holds a wealth of information that the casual eye might not catch. Linguists and other language buffs will enjoy the form and styles of speech (no one speaks directly to those of higher class, a major form of communicating ideas is to use metaphorical sayings, etc.). Those fascinated by culture will notice the myriad customs that might go unnoticed to other viewers. It is a film of revolt! Highly recomended.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Senegal | France


Wolof | Arabic | English | Dyula

Release Date:

1984 (Senegal) See more »

Also Known As:

Outsiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Ndang, Thiès, Senegal

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed