Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, August 07, 2010

4:00 PM

(Senegal/1977 – directed by Ousmane Sembène)
This 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. Set loosely in the 19th century, Ceddo (the title refers to a feudal class of common people who cling to their customs and traditional religion) 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 as well as one of the cinema’s great national epics, Sembène seems evoke the whole of the African experience. In Wolof with English subtitles. (120 min.)
The Sembène works being shown this season are presented in conjunction with the DIA's exhibition Through African Eyes, which continues through August 8. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the Friends of African and African American Art, the DTE Energy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.
Free with museum admission.