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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


    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...

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Galatée Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Channel Four Television, Filmi doomirew

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Paradoxe

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Galatée Films, Filmi doomirew

    Full credits (7)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Screenwriter :

    Ousmane Sembene

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Anne Kiremidjian, Eva Simonet

    Music Composer :

    Baaba Mall

    Sound Recordist :

    Ndiouga Mactar Ba

    Director of Photography :

    Dominique Gentil

    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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    Majority French (Senegal, Germany, Great Britain)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 47 min

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