Camp de Thiaroye

TitleCamp de Thiaroye
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsSembene, Ousmane, and Thierno Faty Sow
Running Time157 min
Date Released09/1988
DistributorNew Yorker Films
Publication LanguageFrench, Wolof, English

Camp de Thiaroye depicts the mutiny by and mass killing of French West African troops by French forces on December 1, 1944, otherwise known as the Thiaroye massacre. West African conscripts were protesting poor conditions and revocation of pay at the Thiaroye camp. The film is a criticism and indictment of the French colonial system. It was banned in France for a decade and censored in Senegal as well. The film entered the competition at the 45th Venice International Film Festival, in which it won the Special Jury Prize.

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