Thousands of West African soldiers fought for France against the Nazis during World War II. But on December 1, 1944, dozens of them were shot in unclear circumstances by the French forces they were fighting alongside. What really happened on that fateful day at the Thiaroye military camp near the Senegalese capital Dakar? Eighty years later, the documentary “Thiaroye 44” returns to this dark page in the history of France.
First presented as a mutiny, historical research now seems to show that the deadly shooting in Senegal was a response to demands by African troops for their pay. How many were killed? Who placed the order? Where are the bodies?
In this documentary by Marie Thomas-Penette and François-Xavier Destors, we follow three young artists from Thiaroye: Magui, Babacar and Aïcha. By duty of memory, they seek the truth on the massacre with the assistance of a historian.
A documentary by Films du Sillage, co-produced by FRANCE 24 and Public Sénat.
The directors speak on FRANCE 24