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7.9

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Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Achieves the impossible in taking a genuine socio-political tragedy and turning it into an anvil drama which will fray the patience of the most sympathetic audiences.
  2. As drama the film mostly serves to illustrate the two sides of this crucial social debate in Africa.
  3. Sembène's love of his people and his commitment to the richness that underlies the poverty of their condition have always made his films gems of truth, as they do once again here.