Guelwaar* (The Noble One)

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Guelwaar* (The Noble One)

  • 1993 ----- color ----- 113 min ----- vhs
  • (Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene; with Omar Seck, Ndiawar Diop, Mame Ndoumbé Diop, Isseu Niang, Thierno Niaye, Joseph Baloma Sane, Abou Camara, Samba Wane, Moustapha Diop, Coly Mbaye, Marie Augustine Diatta) The foremost figure in the evolution of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene remains its most provocative, fiercely independent spirit. Hailing from the former French colony of Senegal, Sembene established himself as one of Africa's leading novelists before turning to cinema as a means of reaching a wider audience. His work often centers on identity problems encountered by Africans caught between Africa and Europe, tradition and modernization. Revolves around the mysterious death and even more mysterious disappearance after death of one Pierre Henri Thioune, a political activist, philandering patriarch, and pillar of the local Christian community. To the horror of his fellow Christians, it is discovered that Guelwaar's errant corpse was misidentified and mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery. This sets off a tempest of bureaucratic red tape, family conflicts, and religious factionalism, culminating in a tense standoff at the disputed grave site. (In Wolof and French with English subtitles) [Letterboxed] (In French with English subtitles) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Africa, Anthropology: Cultural, Family Life, Geography, Literature, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: African, Religions: Christian, Religions: Islamic)