Guelwaar, a prominent figure of resistance and advocate for an uncorrupted Africa, has just died. But on the morning of his funeral, his body has disappeared. After some research, it turns out to be a simple administrative error.

Guelwaar, a Catholic and a staunch advocate of Africa's self-determination, was eliminated because his words were disturbing. On the morning of his funeral, it was discovered that his body had disappeared, and the eulogy was delivered around an empty coffin. Due to an administrative error, a powerful Muslim family had buried him and refuses to reveal the truth to save face. The two religious communities come face to face, evoking the memory of this peculiar character who shook the authorities by denouncing international aid received by Africa..


Omar Seck (Major Gora), Ndiawar Diop (Barthélémy), Mame Ndoumbé Diop (Nogoy Marie Thioune), Isseu Niang (Véronique), Myriam Niang (Hélène), Moustapha Diop (A'oys), Thierno Ndiaye (Pierre-Henri Thioune Guelwaar), Samba Wane (Gor Mag), Coly Mbaye (Alfred), Joseph Baloma Sane (Abbot Léon), Abou Camara (Imam Biram), Oumar Gueye (Baye Aly), Marie-Augustine Diatta (Sophie), Denis Menton (Pat Burgess), Brendan Gleeson (Lester), Stuart Dunne (Bertie), Ronan Wilmot (Paddy)

  • Directing / Screenplay

    Sembene Ousmane

  • Photography

    Dominique Gentil

  • Original Score

    Baaba Mall

  • Editing

    Marie-Aimée Debril

  • Production companies

    Filmi Doomireew Production (Dakar), Galatée Films (Paris), France 3 Cinéma, Channel Four (London), WDR - WestDeutscher Rundfunk (Köln), Canal+, Canal+ Horizons

  • Technical information

    110 minutes - 1.66 - 35mm - Couleur - Mono

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