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Camp de Thiaroye


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  • Actors: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Philippe Chamelat, Moussa Cissoko, Ismaila Cissé
  • Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Wolof, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DDBDE0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Camp de Thiaroye" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elena Margo on November 1, 2010
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Sembene's films are worth watching for a lot of reasons, but this one is absolutely brilliant. I've taken several African film courses at University and the professors will show this one without fail. The story of the Senegalese soldiers returning home from WW2 is gripping enough in itself, but the way they are treated by the French colonizers, for whom they've just fought, is a history lesson that everyone needs to learn. Whether you're looking for a compelling story or you're serious about knowing the truth behind colonialist exploitation of the African continent, this film should be on your must-see list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KHENSE on May 10, 2011
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I saw Camp de Thiaroye years ago. The director - the late Ousmane Sembene - gives us images in his films that we never forget. African soldiers returning from war on behalf of their European rulers were supposed to get paid - instead they were told just to go home. Their weapons already turned in - these poor guys stage a protest. Tanks roll in - inside little glass windows you see white faces operating the tanks that are firing on unarmed soldiers - at no risk to themselves. I worry now about America's use of drones. War used to be soldier against soldier. As terrible as that could be - what are we doing now?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Binda on July 17, 2013
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I saw this movie on TV many years ago. Unfortunately, you won't find anything written about it that does it justice. The cultural conflicts depicted in the film go beyond that between the African veterans and their French army masters. Early in the film, there's a conflict between the African veterans and an American military contingent. Instead of stepping in and resolving it, the French allow it to fester and sneeringly look down on the Americans as just a bunch of hopeless racists (how very very European of them). When the French are finally dragged in to resolve things, there's an amusing scene where the de facto leader of the Africans (being the only man in the camp fluent in French and English) has to act as interpreter for his supposed superiors.

I was dfrawn into the movie initially because it features a mute, shell shocked, excitable character amongst the African veterans who wears a German army helmet and whose frequent bouts of anxiety are quelled only by the sound of the German propaganda song Lili Marleen. It's interesting characterization amongst many in this very underrated movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paula J. Butler on April 2, 2014
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This film should be shown to all Canadian high school students. It concerns historical events (WW2) that are largely hidden from view, and it is by a leading African film-maker, Ousmane Sembene. I never get tired of watching this amazing film.
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By Reviewer on September 5, 2014
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Excellent African viewpoint as to how the french colonial troops were viewed by their french rulers. Good enough to fight and die for France, but that was about it. With the war over, these black troops were no longer needed so they were "disposed of" via armored vehicles fire.
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