The film, Emitai, is the story of the silent resistance among a Diola tribe in West Africa in early World War II. Desiring a strong army, the French tear through villages rallying up men to be transported to France while leaving the women behind to tend to children and the elderly. The tension between the army and villagers grow when the French demand access to their rice crop. The village resistance ends in violence and uproar because rice is not only essential but also sacred to the village.
Director: Ousmane Sembene.
Stars: Andongo Diabon, Robert Fontaine, Michel Renaudeau, Ousmane Camara, Pierre Blanchard, Ibou Camara, Alphonse Diatta.
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