Camp de Thiaroye (Senegal: 1988)


Ousmane Sembène, Thierno Faty Sow

Cast list

Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Philippe Chamelat


Writing credits: Ousmane Sembène, Thierno Faty Sow

Production credits: Mustafa Ben Jemja, Ouzid Dahmane, Mamadou Mbengue


A critique on the colonial system, ‘Camp de Thiaroye’ is a war-drama about the mutiny and mass murder of French West African troops, via the hands of French forces in late 1944. Though the film is not a documentary about the events of the Thiaroye Massacre, it is considered an important historical document regarding the events of (and leading up to) the Thiaroye Massacre.


Bill Weber Camp de Thiaroye Slant Magazine (online magazine)

Rita Kempley 'Camp de Thiaroye' Washington Post (online review)

Michael Atkinson The Films of Budd Boetticher, “Camp de Thiaroye” IFC (online magazine)

Dennis Schwartz "The tragic events at Camp De Thiaroye serve as a powerful indictment of colonialism." Ozus’ World Movie Reviews (online review)

Mike Lorefice Camp de Thiaroye RB Movie Reviews (online magazine)

Caryn James Camp Thiaroye (1988) Review/Film;  Loyalties Scalded by Humiliation New York Times (online review)

Academic articles:

Diawara, Manthia. “Camp De Thiaroye.” Black Film Review 6.3 (1992): 14. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.

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