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Camp de Thiaroye

The Camp at Thiaroye
Filmstill from CAMP DE THIAROYE: People in long coats and red caps stand on a ship and wave. The French flag can be seen.

Sat 13.07.

  • Director

    Ousmane Sembène, Thierno Faty Sow

  • Senegal, Algeria, Tunesia / 1988
    154 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

"December 1, 1944, 3 o'clock in the morning". This text suddenly appears during a film reconstruction of historical events that took place in the military camp of Thiaroye at the end of November and beginning of December 1944. It marks the documented beginning of a massacre by French colonial troops of recently repatriated West African soldiers who had fought with the Free French against the Wehrmacht. This location in time is only one of various extra-filmic coordinates (songs, archive material, book titles) that place the brutal suppression of a legitimate protest in a colonial context. (mg)

Further Dates

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media