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Camp de Thiaroye


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Camp de Thiaroye, “We are African. We are men” is the rallying cry and epitaph of the heroes of Camp De Thiaroye, Ousmane Sembène’s historical drama.

In 1944, after defeating the Nazis and liberating Paris in World War II, a group of soldiers - from all over West Africa – report to a transit camp near Dakar. But after the welcome ceremonies in Dakar, the French denied them their benefits and pay. The soldiers were marched into what amounted to a P.O.W. camp. A protest, leads to a mutiny. And then things get tragically worse.