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Message from: Richard Selman (
About: Re: FW: West African Islam on Film: Query (fwd)

Tue, 29 Oct 1996 15:00:56 -0500

Originally from: Richard Selman <>
Originally dated: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 15:00:56 -0500

Yes, the film I was describing was definitely "Guelwaar" - Thanks.

At 11:28 AM 10/29/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Originally from: Laura Arntson <>
>Originally dated: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 11:28:25 -0500
>Is this another film you're describing, or "Guelwaar" (takes place in
>Senegal)? Guelwaar, a Catholic leader, disappears from the morgue and is
>mistakenly buried in the Muslim cemetery. He ends up being buried twice.
> There is
>great controversy surrounding the whole event.
>At 07:54 PM 10/28/96 -0500, you wrote:
>>Originally from: Richard Selman <>
>>Originally dated: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 19:54:11 -0500
>>There was a film in distribution four or five years ago that I believed
>>set and filmed in rural Mali. I can't recall the title but the title was
>>the name of the film's main character who was believed to had been killed
>>for his outspoken political beliefs among other things. The story is told
>>through the recollections of different people who knew this character. As
>>they speak, their words are replaced by the actual scene unfolding. As
>>story unfolds, the main character - heralded by those who liked him and
>>scorned by those who did not - continues to stir controversy in his death
>>his body and the body of another become mixed up before burial. The
>>is not realized until after burial. No one is certain which body - one
>>Christian and one Islam - is in which grave. Though the movie is full of
>>great humor, the ensuing complications create heavy tensions between the
>>local Christians and the local adherents of Islam. Pre- Christian and
>>Pre-Islamic beliefs systems are also represented.

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