+ intro by filmmaker and writer Imruh Bakari
Controversial for its portrayal of religious conflict, this ambitious film examines the fight to preserve tradition in the face of encroaching powers.
Tabata Ndiaye, Alioune Fall, Moustapha Yade, Matoura Dia
Senegal-France 1977. 120min
Sembène’s second period film, Ceddo (outsiders or non-Muslims in Wolof) takes place in a pre-colonial 18th century. It interweaves oral memory and speculation to portray indigenous cultural resistance against the slave trade and the onslaught of the monotheistic religions of Islam and Christianity. Featuring a gorgeous musical score by Manu Dibango, the film was initially banned in Senegal but is now regarded as a landmark of West African Cinema.
Joint ticket available with African Odysseys: Sembène! + panel discussion on Saturday 5 August, £14, concs £11 (non-Members pay £2 more). Book in person at the box office or by phone on 020 7928 3232.