Ceddo (1796)

An exciting political thriller concerning the kidnapping of a beautiful princess is used to examine the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Muslim expansion. The ceddo, or commoner class, refuse to submit to Islam. Set loosely in the 19th century, "Ceddo" is not strictly a historical film, as it ranges far and wide to include philosophy, fantasy, militant politics, and a couple of electrifying leaps across the centuries. In Wolof with English sub-titles. 16 mm. Color. 120 minutes.


Special Award, Los Angeles, 1980

Critical Works

Amengual, Barthelemy. "Ceddo, de Sembene Ousmane (Senegal)." Positif n.195-196, July- August 1977: 83.

Amiel, Mireille. "Ceddo de Ousmane Sembene." Cinéma 77 n.223, July - August 1977: 75.

Armaha, Ayi Kewi. "Islam in Ceddo." West Africa 8 Oct. 1984: 2031.

Bâ, A J. "Xala, Ceddo Et les autres..." Le Soleil 4 July 1984: 3.

Bonnet, Jean-Claude. "Ceddo." Cinématographe n.28, June1977: 44.

Berrian, Brenda F. Manu Dibango and Ceddo’s Transatlantic Soundscape. Bloomington: Indiana UP; Focus on African Films, 2004.

Bosséno, Christian. "Ceddo." La Revue du Cinéma, Image et Son n.342, Sept. 1979: 114-116.

Boujut, Michel. "Ceddo de Sembene Ousmane, film sénégalais." Les Nouvelles Littéraires n.2695, 12 July 1979: 28-29.

Canby, Vincent. "Film: Ceddo, a Pageant from Sembene's Africa." New York Times 17 Feb. 1978: C8.

"Ceddo." Variety 1 July 1977: 18.

Coad, Malcom. "Ousmane Sembene and Ceddo." Index on Censorship vol.10 n.4 (1981): 33-32.

Cancel, Robert. “Epic Element in Ceddo.” A Current Bibliography on African Affairs (CBAA) 1985-1986; 18 (1): 3-19.

Daney, Serge. "Ceddo (O, Sembene)." Cahiers du Cinéma n.304, October 1979: 51-53.

Decaux, Emmanuel. "Ceddo." Cinématographe, n.15, Oct. 1979: 48-49.

Deidhiou, Djib. "Ceddo de Sembene Ousmane: Un pas de plus vers Samory." Le Soleil 7 July 1984: 7.

Dione, Sakhewar. "Ceddo, recouvrer L'héritage negro-africain." Le Soleil 19 July 1984: 8.

Diouf, Bara. "Ceddo ou la résistance à l'islamisation." Le Soleil 10 July 1987: 7.

Diouf, Mamadou. “History and Actuality in Ousmane Sembène's ‘Ceddo’ and Djibril Diop ‘Mambety's Hyenas’ ” 239-51 IN: Bakari, Imruch (ed.); Cham, Mbye B. (ed.); African Experiences of Cinema London,: British Film Institute; 1996: 276.

Mpoyi-Buatu, Th. “Ceddo de Sembène Ousmane et West Indies de Med Hondo.” Présence Africaine: Revue Culturelle du Monde Noir/Cultural Review of the Negro World 1981: 152-164.

Frank N. Magille,, ed. "Ceddo." Margill' Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films. Englewood Cliffs N.J.: Salem P, 1985. 492-496.

Gupta, Udayan. "Ceddo." Ciénaste vol.8 n.4 (1978): 37-38.

Hobson, Sheila Smith. "Ceddo: an Epic Masterpiece." N.Y. Amsterdam News 11 Feb. 1978: b12.

Kebzado, Salek. "Ceddo ou l'homme du refus." Jeune Afrique 30 July 1976: 60-61.

Leahy, James. "Ceddo." Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 n.576 (1982): 5.

Mabrouki, Azzedine. "Ceddo, période négrière et pénétrations religieuses." Les 2 Ecrans 12 (1979) : 18.

Maxwell, Richard. "The Reality-Effect of Third World Cinema; Ethnography in Ceddo and Ramparts of Clay." Cresset (Valparaiso) vol.43 n.3 (1980): 21-22.

Nave, Bernard. "Ceddo." Jeune Cinéma n.104, Aug.-Sept. 1977: 43-44.

Ofaff, Francoise. "Entretient avec Ousmane Sembene: à propos de Ceddo." Positif 235 (1980): 54-57

Oster, Jerry. "African Portrait: Ceddo, Film From Senegal." New York Tribune 17 Feb. 1978: 28.

Pascaud, Fabienne. "Ceddo." Télérama 18 July 1979: 72.

Rosen, Philip. « Making a Nation in Sembene’s Ceddo. » Quaterly review of Film and Video vol.13 n.1-3 (1991): 147

Serceau, Daniel. "Ceddo; La barbarie à visage divin." Cinémaction 34 (1985): 54-57.