Emitaï: the nature of colonialism and the conflict between temporal and spiritual authority in Africa
[Senegal]: [Filmi Domirev], . Item #5256
Silkscreen. Poster 20 x 30 in.; framed, 21 1/4 x 31 1/2 in. Very good.
Poster printed in Senegal intended for international audiences of the 1971 film, Emitaï, directed by Ousmane Sembene, starring Robert Fontaine, Michel Remaudeau, Pierre Blanchard, Andongo Diabon, and Ousmane Camara. Taking place during World War II, Emitaï tells the story of Senegalese villagers resisting the conscription and the war tax imposed on them by France. The Senegalese uprising occurs simultaneous to French resistance fighting. Because of the implicit connections drawn between the French colonial regime and the Nazi occupation, the film was banned in French colonies. The movie has nonetheless survived as an important contribution to decolonial filmmaking.