White Ebony / Blanc d’Ébène

Director: Cheik Doukouré
Countries: France / Guinea
Year: 1992
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French


Colonizer meets the colonized in this symbolic and odd historical tale of French West Africa. The unrecognized and unrewarded service of African soldiers in French wars has been frequently featured in short incidental vignettes in a number of films set in Africa. This film certainly carries that idea along.

About the Director

Cheik Doukouré

Biography: Cheik Doukouré was born in Kankan, Guinea in 1943. After studying in Conakry, he moved to Paris in 1964, where he earned a degree of modern literature from the Sorbonne in 1968. An accomplished actor, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and films. He worked with directors like Audiard, Mocky, and Girod. On stage, he acted in plays directed by Chéreau, Hossein, and Mondy. His screen writing credits include work on Jacques Champreux’s Bako, l’autre rive (1977) and Marco Ferreri’s Y a bon les Blancs (1987). White Ebony (Blanc d’ébène) marked Doukouré’s feature film debut in 1991. He then directed The Golden Ball (Le Ballon d’or – 1992) which, with 450,000 admissions in France was one of the most successful films from Africa. In 2003 he made Paris selon Moussa (Paris According to Moussa) which earned him the Award for Best Actor at the 18th edition of Fespaco (Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou).

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
White Ebony [Blanc d’ébène] (1994);
Le Ballon d’or [The Golden Ball] (2006);
Paris selon Moussa [Paris According to Moussa] (2007).

Baro, le lac sacré (1988);
White Ebony [Blanc d’ébène] (1991);
Le Ballon d’or [The Golden Ball] (1992);
Maila (1997);
Paris selon Moussa [Paris According to Moussa] (2003).