Sunday, November 1, 2015

627. Ceddo

Directed by Ousmane Sembene

This is one of those experiences that you know you won't enjoy at the time, but you are glad you did later.  Like cleaning out your closet or going to the dentist.

The film takes place in Senegal.  The commoners (the ceddo) try to preserve their culture but, as we all know, white Europeans are determined to destroy it.  The ceddo kidnap the daughter of a local king who is siding with the Muslims.

I don't think this earned its entry to the book by its compelling plot or stellar acting.  More likely it was because most Western movie watchers can't even point to Senegal on a map, let alone identify a Senegalese film.  Of course, the subject matter is important as well. It seems strange that we have to constantly be reminded that it is not okay to wipe out entire cultures.  And yet we keep doing it!

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Banned by the government for years because of its portrayal of Islam.  The official reason given by the government for its ban was that "Ceddo" was spelled in the European way, instead of the Senengalese way.  They are sticklers.


  1. I think your opening comment is very good ... but wait till you get to 'Moolaade'. (I think you are spared 'Xala').
    I think I got more from this than you did, but I'd certainly agree it's not one you would want to watch for entertainment.

    1. I agree. And really, who wants to watch a film for entertainment?