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Wed, Nov 22 at 2:30pm


  • Dir. Ousmane Sembène
  • Senegal
  • 1977
  • 117 min.
  • NR
  • New 4K Restoration

In Wolof and French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Restoration Roundup and Sembène 100: Three New Restorations

In pre-colonial Senegal, members of the Ceddo (or “outsiders”) kidnap Princess Dior Yacine (Tabata Ndiaye) after her father (Makhourédia Guèye), the king, pledges loyalty to an ascendant Islamic faction that plans to convert the entire clan to its faith. Attempts to recapture her fail, provoking further division and eventual war between the animistic Ceddo and the fundamentalist Muslims — with Christian missionaries and slave traders from Europe caught in the middle. Yet when the victor prevails, conflict still doesn’t end — and the return of the princess and her still-revered power may very well topple the new order. Banned in Sembène’s native Senegal upon its original release, CEDDO is an ambitious, multilayered epic that explores the combustible interstices among ancient tradition, religious colonization, political opportunism and individual freedom.

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