During World War II, a village in Casamance engaged in passive resistance by refusing to give rice to the colonial army.

In 1942, during World War II, in a village in Casamance, Senegal, the Diolas refuse outside intervention. Part of the village's men were forcibly sent to the Franco-German front. Colonel Armand and his colonial army must requisition rice to send to the troops. In France, De Gaulle succeeds Pétain, but for Africa, nothing has changed. Responsible for the harvest, the women decided this time to resist and hide the rice.


Robert Fontaine (Major), Michel Renaudeau (Lieutenant), Pierre Blanchard (Colonel), Andoujo Diahou (Sergeant), Fodé Cambay (Corporal), Ousmane Camara, Josephe Diatta, Kji Niassebanor , Kji Sibesalang, Kalifa, Etienne Mané, Anlic Bassene, Abdoulaye Diallo, Alphonse Diatta, Mbissine Thérèse Diop


International Film Festival of Moscow 1971 : Silver Bear
Tachkent Film Festival 1972 : Grand Prize

  • Directing / Screenplay

    Sembene Ousmane

  • Photography

    Georges Caristan

  • Editing

    Gilbert Kikoine

  • Production companies

    Filmi Doomireew Production

  • Technical information

    95 minutes - 1.37 - 35mm - Couleur - Mono

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