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This French-Senegal co-production is based on a story by L.S. Senghor. An out of work Senegalese man, Ibrahim (Makhouredia Gueye), receives a money order by his nephew. Unfortunately, the uncle has no identity card which will enable him to cash the check. He tries to obtain a card, but is stymied because he lacks a birth certificate. In order to get this valuable document, he must have a photograph taken...and on and on and on it goes. Thus begins Ibrahim's nightmarish foray into the honeycomb-like world of African bureaucracy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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"Although the film can be criticised for the relative gentleness of its attack, Sembene succeeds in pointing up the divisiveness created by the colonial heritage."
‑ , Time Out
"A postcolonial film by Africa's greatest director"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Sembčne's approach is spare, laconic, slightly ironic and never patronizing."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Sembene is clearly at his best when trusting in cinema's powers of observation."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"A breakthrough film for Sembene."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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