Ceddo

Ousmane Sembène

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Fiction, 1977, 120′

Ceddo is the name for the last holders of African spiritualism before the arrival of Islam and Christianity. Set in a Senegalese village in the XVII century, The king Demba War sides with the Islamic leader. The ceddo organise and kidnap his daughter in order to prevent forced religious conversion. This “micro epic”, as it has been described, was censured and, so the story goes, Sembène used to distribute fliers at film theatres describing the removed scenes.
This film is not in English and does not have subtitles in English.