Emitaï

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  • Genre(s):Drama
  • Release year: 1971
  • Running time: 103 min
Emitaï is a 1971 Senegalese drama film directed by Ousmane Sembène. It was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Silver Prize. The film is set in late World War II, with the Vichy government conscripting men from France's colonies.read more

Emitaï is a 1971 Senegalese drama film directed by Ousmane Sembène. It was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Silver Prize. The film is set in late World War II, with the Vichy government conscripting men from France's colonies. A revolt breaks out in a Diola village where the women hide the rice crop harvest instead of submitting to the French tax. The resistance unfolds in the village simultaneous to the resistance fighting in metropolitan France. When the metropole is liberated, the Diola village sees portraits of Charles de Gaulle replacing posters of Vichy's Marshal Pétain, but circumstances of the village remains unchanged. Emitai was censored for five years in French-speaking Africa.

Original Release

07/20/1971

US Release

02/09/1973

Cast

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