Camp de Thiaroye (1988)


During World War II, Diatta is a Senegalese student serving as a sergeant as his country fights alongside the French, even though that same nation raided his village and killed much of his family years earlier. Then, after finishing their duty, Diatta and fellow soldiers are interned at a French camp in Dakar, presumably to be paid for their services. However, their stay is long and the treatment brutal, causing the worldly Diatta to take action against his oppressive captors.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow.
Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Philippe Chamelat, Ismaila Cissé, Moussa Cissoko, Eloi Coly, Innocence Coly, Ababacar Sy Cissé, Camara Med Dansogho, Ismaël Lô, Pierre Londiche, El Hadg Ndiaye, Thierno Ndiaye Doss, Oumarou Neino, Pierre Orma, Daniel Odimbossoukou.


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  1. Michael
    May 13, 2018

    any film from Ousmane Sembene is worth watching and Camp de Thiaroye is no exception. Excellent film

  2. Dom
    August 31, 2023

    This is an extraordinary historical film. Very well made… It’s on the level with Battle of Algiers. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it until today.

  3. Tarik
    November 26, 2023

    Wrong description of the movie. The author must have confused this movie with another one he/she watched about a war with Algeria…

    • Jon W.
      November 26, 2023

      Thanks for pointing that out, Tarik, I have changed it now.

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