Guelwaar Reviews

April 1, 2013
Sembne, with a tense restraint, evokes a dependent country that maintains its dignity through nationalist pomp and local pride, and portrays one long-suffering family that bears Senegal's burdens in microcosm.
October 22, 2007
The renowned Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene reconfirms his stature both as a master storyteller and a distinctively humanitarian artist.
May 24, 2003
Alternately wise and very funny in its treatment of tribalism and in its grasp of neocolonial corruption.
May 24, 2003
A funny, articulate and moving satire on the state of modern Africa.
May 24, 2003
Sembene is hardly a didactic director and in fact invests his characters with such complexities that they are sometimes compromised.
May 24, 2003
Through Sembne's wry attention to detail, we observe a great many things about village life that would otherwise pass unnoticed.
May 24, 2003
A rich, vivid and universal portrait of a community that is revealed fully as it reacts to a crisis: a community that will be buried by the past if it cannot look to the future. There's a lesson here, and Mr. Sembene presents it with grace and ease.
May 24, 2003
The film is astonishingly beautiful.