Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, February 23, 2008

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

Ousmane Sembène (Senegal/1977)

Ceddo may well be the most important African film to date, and a great national epic. An exciting political thriller about the kidnapping of a beautiful princess is used to examine the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Muslim expansion. The Ceddo, or feudal class of common people, cling to their customs and traditional religion. Set loosely in the 19th century, Ceddo is not strictly a historical film. It ranges far and wide to include philosophy, fantasy, militant politics, and a couple of electrifying leaps across the centuries. In this, his most ambitious film, Sembène seems to evoke the whole of the African experience. (120 min.)