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Guelwaar Poster
  • It presents the most detailed and knowing treatment of tribalism I've seen in any film of the 90s, and it offers the most blistering attack on the ethics, administration, and effects of foreign aid I've ever seen. Both subjects are treated comically as well as tragically, and in so deftly spelling out their precise African and Senegalese inflections Sembene gives them universal significance as well.

  • The movie pivots on Guelwaar’s signal moment of courage and glory, a speech—one of the most fiercely eloquent in the recent cinema—that defies the authorities and seals his fate. Sembène looks with analytical passion and nuanced warmth at the uses and abuses of tradition, the wiles of endurance in the face of injustice, and the disproportionate share of trouble borne by women.

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