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Another masterpiece from my favourite African director, Ousmane Sembene. I love how his film portfolio encompasses so many different themes, and how well he’s able to concentrate on them and make each one on such an emotional level. This one concerns itself with infantrymen returning to Africa after WW2 only to be held in prison-like camp conditions by the French before being transferred home. It addresses the racism and intolerance exhibited by the French and American armies to such an amazing degree, like showing the ignorance of the French for not reimbursing the soldier’s money, the poor food conditions, and overall lack of respect towards them and their culture. At 157 minutes, it may seem like a daunting task to watch, but I never found my eyes wandering off screen. Definitely recommended for any international cinema lover.