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The Night Of Truth Review

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The fictional Western African country Nayak is on the brink of peace between 'Le Presidente' and the leader of the rebel faction. A night to celebrate this possibility is planned but not goes according to plan.

★★★★★

With some 20 shorts and documentaries to her credit, Fanta Regina Nacro makes an impressive feature debut with this simmering insight into the tribal hatreds that threaten to keep Africa a divided continent.

There's a Shakespearean feel to the feud between the governing Nayaks and rebellious Bonande and the careful delineation of the key players prior to the crucial peace ceremony gives the film a theatricality that, ironically, makes its formalities and tensions seem all the more authentic and unnerving.

What's even more noteworthy is that the entire male cast are non-professionals drawn from the Burkino Faso army. The shadow of genocide hangs over proceedings and the climactic tragedy is all-too inevitable. But Nacro astutely ends the picture on a note of quiet optimism that suggests the possibility for peaceful co-existence.

Theatrical in its style, this has an intensely authentic feel and promises much for the future from this promising director.