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When the body of Guelwaar ("the noble one"), a political activist, philanderer, and pillar of the local Christian community, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetery, the result is a tempest of bureaucratic red tape, family conflicts, and regional factionalism. One of Sembene's most eloquent works, Guelwar is many films in one: black comedy, social satire, political allegory, and family drama. Quintessentially Sembene, it indicts homegrown African corruption and "emergency aid" from other countries, but never wavers in its belief in the possibility of social change. d

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