Sembène Film Festival: Camp De Thiaroye (Senegal, Algeria & Tunisia)Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(3 hrs. approximate run time)
Join us for a screening of Camp De Thiaroye presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival.
“We are African. We are men” is the rallying cry and epitaph of the heroes of Camp De Thiaroye, Ousmane Sembène’s historical drama of Senegalese infantry soldiers who in 1944, fresh from fighting for the French in Europe and North Africa, were massacred by their colonial masters after being denied just payment for their service. – Slant Magazine
Camp De Thiaroye is a true story that was hidden by the French colonial regime until this film. In 1944, after defeating the Nazis and liberating Paris in World War II, a group of African soldiers – from all over West Africa – report to a transit camp near Dakar. Many of the soldiers were prisoners of war of the Germans following the fall of France in 1940.
But after the welcome ceremonies in Dakar, the soldiers were marched into what amounted to a P.O.W. camp. A protest, leads to a mutiny. And then things get tragically worse.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.