Screening of the Senegalese film “Camp de Thiaroye” in Cannes, 35 years after its ban

Screening of the Senegalese film “Camp de Thiaroye” in Cannes, 35 years after its ban
Screening of the Senegalese film “Camp de Thiaroye” in Cannes, 35 years after its ban

Amy BA

May 2, 2024 at 4:06 p.m.

Since its ban in 1988, the film “Camp de Thiaroye”, the work of Senegalese directors Ousmane Sembene and Thierno Faty Sow, had never been broadcast in France. This situation will change during the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival where the film will be presented in the Cannes Classics category from May 14 to 25. The film, which addresses the tragic massacre of Senegalese riflemen in 1944, was restored by “The Film Foundation” and its partners.

This selection highlights a dark period in history, where returning from the Second World War, Senegalese soldiers were killed by French officers after demanding their rights. The presence of this film in the Cannes Classics lineup highlights the continued impact of African cinema and the importance of presenting African narratives in broader international contexts.

African cinema remains under-represented at Cannes, with once again this year, no African work in the official competition. However, films like “On Becoming a Guinea Fowl” by Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni and “The Village Next Paradise” by Somali director Mo Harawe, will be featured in the “Un Certain Regard” category, which explores bold cinematic visions.

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