An Essay on Religion, Colonialism & Frantz Fanon in Ousmane Sembene’s Ceddo (1977)

Is a religion worth the life of a man?                                             — Diogomaye (Leader of the Ceddo) Ousmane Sembene keeps this question at an echo throughout the film, grounding it in the film’s thematic core. Ceddo is a story of a people, their traditions, and of how the actions of the corrupt representatives of social forces…