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Guelwaar : A 21st-Century Tale from Africa

A Feature film by Ousmane Sembene

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 24/11/1993

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Actors (10)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Galatée Films

Foreign production companies :

Channel 4 TV Corporation, Filmi doomirew

French distribution :

Les Films du Paradoxe

Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Galatée Films, Filmi doomirew


A region of Senegal, in Africa, where traditional rites remain strong and no one dares violate ritual law. Guelwaar, a steadfast man who defended the idea of a corruption-free, self-sufficient Africa, is about to be buried. Guelwaar died from his wounds after being physically attacked. But on the morning of his funeral it is discovered that his corpse has disappeared from the morgue.
Due to an administration error, a powerful Moslem family has mistakenly buried Guelwaar's body in "its" cemetery. Guelwaar, however, was head of a Catholic family. During the funeral, no one wants to admit to the wife and mourners that Guelwaar's coffin is empty.
So another body has to be found - and fast. The Moslems in question, the Ciss family, refuse to cooperate for fear of losing face, and so the corpse of Meyssa Ciss remains in the morgue's refrigerator.
The quarrel that breaks out between the two social groups provides an opportunity to revive the memory of Guelwaar through the use of flash-backs...

Full credits (7)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Perrin

Director of Photography :

Dominique Gentil

Press Attachés (film) :

Anne Kiremidjian, Eva Simonet

Music Composer :

Baaba Mall

Screenwriter :

Ousmane Sembene

Sound Recordist :

Ndiouga Mactar Ba

Editor :

Marie-Aimée Debril

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Feature film

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Production language :

French, African dialect

Coproducer countries :

Senegal, Germany, Great Britain

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Nationality :

Majority French (Senegal, Germany, Great Britain)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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