La nuit de la Vérité (2004)

La Nuit de la Vérité by Fanta Nacro is an impressive movie about tribal conflicts on the African continent. The movie is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war beween the government army of the Nayak, led by ‘Le président’ (Adama Ouédraogo), and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Theo (Commandant Moussa Cissé), there is some sign of peace negotiations. Not everyone is in favour of peace though, and one can feel the tension. The night of truth starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation.

Although I don’t like a lot of African movies I’ve seen over the years, this one was very impressive. Perhaps it is caused by the fact the storyline and characters are somehow more western, or maybe it is because I’ve learned more about the current situation in Africa. But fact is the movie contains some very powerfull images about the cruelties of civil war, and of the rivalling factions trying to come to peace with each other.

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