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Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

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Ousmane Sembene (dialogue), Ousmane Sembene (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidiki Bakaba Sidiki Bakaba
Hamed Camara Hamed Camara
Ismaila Cissé Ismaila Cissé
Ababacar Sy Cissé Ababacar Sy Cissé
Moussa Cissoko Moussa Cissoko
Eloi Coly Eloi Coly
Ismaël Lô Ismaël Lô ... (as Ismaila Lo)
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche
Camara Med Dansogho Camara Med Dansogho
El Hadg Ndiaye El Hadg Ndiaye
Thierno Ndiaye Doss Thierno Ndiaye Doss ... (as Thierno Ndiaye)
Oumarou Neino Oumarou Neino
Pierre Orma Pierre Orma
Daniel Odimbossoukou Daniel Odimbossoukou
Ibrahim Sane Ibrahim Sane
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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

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Drama | War

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Senegal | Algeria | Tunisia

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French | Wolof | English

Release Date:

26 May 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Camp at Thiaroye See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Sembene takes us to the battlefield
12 April 2009 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

Camp de Thiaroye by Senegalese Director is a war movie without a war. Set on an army post in Senegal towards the final days of WWII, it follows a regiment of the French West African Armed Forces who have returned from a tour of duty in Europe. The story is an allegory for the resistance movement to colonialism that sprung up after the war and led to the end of colonialism. Often bloody, it captures the relationship between American soldiers stationed in Dakar, French commanding officers and the French West Africans while touching on issues of racism, inferiority complex and black on black relationships. Never one to lead the audience, Sembene takes his time staging scenes often with beautiful framing that eats up the edges of the screen. It may leisure and some scenes are didactic but it never wavers in its utmost honesty and its eventual humanism resulting from a cataclysmic ending that is both gripping that echoes the refrain that maybe we are all crazy. It is one of the better movies of this master of cinema and in this reviewer's opinion, a 10/10.


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