Ceddo (Outsiders) (1977)
Critic Reviews for Ceddo (Outsiders)
Ousmane Sembene's 1977 Senegalese film was attacked for daring to depict life in precolonial Africa as something less than paradisiacal.
Banned in Senegal on an absurd technicality which is merely the tip of an iceberg of threats posed by a film which picks at the scab of many of Senegal's current sores.
Only twice, in fantasy sequences, does Mr. Sembene allow himself the imaginative film maker's freedom to distort history to achieve some kind of dramatic truth. The rest is picturesque.
Most of the film consists of meetings between different factions and groups, all conducted according to ancient tribal customs.
Micro-epic from Senegal. The film is weak on style, acting, and pacing, but has a really good story.
Audience Reviews for Ceddo (Outsiders)
[font=Century Gothic]"Ceddo" starts with Princess Dior(Tabara N'Diaye) being kidnapped by a group of escaped slaves with the hope that they will not be forcibly converted to Islam. Meanwhile back at the village, instead of quick and resolute action to rescue her, there is debate now that the king(Makhouredia Gueye) has fallen under the sway of an Iman(Goure) and converted. The old rules no longer apply. So while Madir(Moustapha Yade) can marry Dior, he cannot succeed the king since Islam frowns upon matriarchy. He is so incensed that he renounces Islam and trades in a servant girl for a jug of wine which he consumes in front of everybody.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Ceddo" is an intelligent allegory from Ousmane Sembene about what it means to be truly free. The film is set in the colonial era of Senegal, when not only Islam was making inroads but also France, represented by the slave trade and a Catholic priest who simply watches while dreaming of future glory. All of this outside influence deeply divides the kingdom.(In Sembene's "Faat-Kine," there is peaceful coexistence between religions in modern day Senegal.) So, as the conflict continues on the home front, Dior's plight is occasionally forgotten in the process.[/font]
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