God of Thunder

  • Emitai - Dieu du tonnerre
Genre : Historical
Type : Fiction
Original title : DIEU DU TONNERRE
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 1971
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

Sembene's third film launched his international reputation, reaching an audience far beyond Senegal's Diola community, to whom he had directly addressed the film. Emitai takes place in the period at the end of the World War II, as West African veterans are returning to their homes in the French colonies. General De Gaulle, the hero of the trench resistance, is now the leader of the newly liberated France, yet forced conscriptions and massacres of Diola villages continue, some of them led by former members of France's Vichy government. With Emitai, Sembene realized his statement "film should be a school of history." When the film was released in 1971, it was immediately banned in Senegal, and throughout Africa. Directed by Ousmane Sembene Senegal 1971, 35mm, color, 101 min. With Ibou Camara, Ousrnane Camara, Joseph Diatta Diola and French with English subtitles


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