Synopsis by Mark Deming
The end of one conflict may lead to the beginning of another in this drama, the first feature from filmmaker Fanta Regina Nacro. In a nameless African nation, a long and violent civil war that has been raging for nearly a decade looks to be nearing its end as the ruling Nayak tribe is prepared to sign a truce with their longtime rivals, the insurgent Bonande people. However, the prospect of peace does not heal all the old wounds, and while Nayak leader Le President (Adama Ouedraogo) and Bonande spokesmen Colonel Theo (Commandant Moussa Cissé) are willing to put their differences behind them, Le President's wife, Edna (Naky Sy Savane), isn't so willing to forgive and forget, especially since her son died at the hands of Bonande soldiers. Meanwhile Tomoto (Rasmane Ouedraogo) has been fighting for the Nayak cause for so long he isn't sure if he can begin calling the Bonandes his friends, while Colonel Theo's spouse, Soumari (Georgette Paré), is a supporter of the peace movement who hasn't seriously considered how difficult it will be to bring the nation together again after years of bloody conflict. La Nuit de la Vérité (aka The Night of Truth) received its North American premiere at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival.
Africa, army, civil-war, colonel, conflict-resolution, distrust, drums, fear, gathering, genocide, jester, meeting, President, reconciliation