When the men are conscripted into World War II, the women of a Diola village hide the rice crop in revolt, blocking French taxation. Named for the god of thunder, Emitaï emphasizes the collective in its politics and its camerawork, and offers one of cinema’s most defiant death scenes. In Diola and French with English subtitles. DCP from Janus Films.
The series “Early Ousmane Sembène: The First Films from the Father of African Cinema” is presented by the Yale Film Archive and the Whitney Humanities Center in celebration of the centenary of Sembène’s birth.