Country:Burkina Faso, Frankreich 2004
Format:35 mm, DVD
Language:OF m. franz. / engl./ span. UT
Length:85 Minutes

Director :Sanou, Kollo Daniel
Cinematography:Kosal, Nara Keo
Editing:Davanture, Andrée
Music:Seck, Cheick Tidiane
Sound:Hivernon, Claude
Cast:Bessani, Khalil Raoul
 Henri, Serges
 Ouédraogo, Noufou
 Sanou, Safiatou
 Sanou, Sonia Karen
 Soré, Stanislas
 Yara, Aï Keïta
 Zerbo. Mamadou
Production company:Les Films du Mogho


On Monday morning, Sogo Sanon also known as "Tasuma - the fire", a proud retired West African who fought with the French army in Indo-China and Algeria, puts on his medals and his uniform and bikes to Bobo-Dioulasso to get his long-overdue pension. Sogo has been patiently waiting for his pension from the French government. But each time he makes the arduous trip to town, bumping his bicycle along dirt roads, he is met with blank stares at the government offices. No, his name is not on the list today -maybe, tomorrow. This time, he is so certain that he will receive money that he buys his village a grain mill on credit. It's a glorious day for Sogo, the women are happy, the local songstress sings his praise and the village chief offers him his daughter's hand in marriage. The following day, he returns to Bobo, but there is still no pension. Meanwhile, the merchant who sold him the mill demands his money. On Friday, Sogo gets angry. He goes back to Bobo, this time with a shotgun. He rushes to the province administrator's office, takes him hostage and dictates a letter to General de Gaulle, who is long dead. In this humorous and touching film, Kollo Daniel reminds us that until decolonisation, thousands of African soldiers served in the French army. They often play important roles in their villages where their meagre pensions must go a long way. (BBC World Service on FESPACO 2005 - The films)


Die Filme über Afrikas Rolle im Zweiten Weltkrieg für Begleitveranstaltungen zur (Wander-)Ausstellung "Die Dritte Welt im Zweiten Weltkrieg" wurden deutsch untertitelt und werden in Absprache mit den FilmemacherInnen von Recherche International e.V. zu bestimmten Konditionen verliehen. Siehe

Recommendation, experience, material

Der Film eignet sich gut zur Thematisierung von Kolonialismus und der bis in die Gegenwart anhaltenden Diskriminierung von Kolonialsoldaten in den Streitkräften ihrer Kolonialherren (etwa bei den Rentenzahlungen).
  • Filmplakat klein "Tasuma, Le Feu"
  • Filmstill "Tasuma Le Feu"
  • Filmstill "Tasuma Le Feu"