Camp de Thiaroye (1988) © Enaproc
Camp de Thiaroye (1988) © Enaproc

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Camp de Thiaroye

Ousmane Sembène & Thierno Faty Sow | Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia | 1988 | Unclassified (15+)

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Banned for a decade in France, Ousmane Sembène's film is a powerful indictment of French Colonial rule that's based on true events.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice 1988, this uncompromising historical epic tells the story of Senegalese WWII veterans who were betrayed under French colonial rule.

Senegal, 1944. African infantry soldiers who valiantly fought in Europe against the Nazis must now be paid and repatriated to their countries. They arrive at the Thiaroye marshaling camp, on the outskirts of Dakar. But the veterans soon realize that they will be paid much less than they were promised. The men rebel, but this will not stop the retaliation that awaits them at the hands of French forces.

A searing story with brilliant performances, Camp de Thiaroye chronicles history that should not be forgotten.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Mr. Sembène's film has intellectual power and some dramatic force.

Caryn James (New York Times)

Format: DCP
Language: German, French & Wolof with English subtitles
Source: Doriane Films
Courtesy: Doriane Films
Runtime: 157 mins

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157 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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