La Nuit de la Vérité (Benin: 2005)


Fanta Régina Nacro

Cast list

Moussa Cissé                     Col. Theo Bogwanda (as Commandant Moussa Cissé)

Georgette Paré                 Soumari

Adama Ouédraogo           Président Miossoune

Naky Sy Savane                Edna

Yves Thombiano              N'Gove (as Capitaine Yves Thombiano)

Claude Kaboré                 Youba (as Capitaine Claude Kobaré)

Sami Rama                          Fatou

Rasmané Ouédraogo       Tomoto

Odilia Yoni                          Awa

Cedric Zida                        Honoré Bogwanda

Raissa Andrea Yoni         Mina Bogwanda

Troupe Naba Yaadega     Themselves

Blandine Yaméogo           Woman Painter

Serge Henry                        The driver

Ben Idriss Zoungrana       The journalist


Writer   Marc Gautron


La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Theo, there is some sign of peace negotiations. However, the village jester, Tomoto, a Nyak-hater, decides to beat the drums during the festivities. The sound becomes a trigger that releases the feelings of distrust and fear that have been suppressed by both sides.


Robert Khoeler. The Night of Truth, Variety.

Matthew Leyland, The Night of Truth, BBC.

Jeannette Catsoulis, The Night of Truth, The New York Times.

Academic Reviews:

Lizelle Bisschoff. “Representing Africa in the UK: Programming the Africa in Motion Film Festival”. Research in African Literatures 44.2 (2013): 142-162.

Thackway, Melissa. “Exile and the “Burden of Representation”: Trends in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Francophone African Filmmaking”. Black Camera 5.2 (2014): 5–20

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