The Call of Africa

The Call of Africa (Spanish: La llamada de África) is a 1952 Spanish war film directed by César Fernández Ardavín and starring Irma Torres, Ángel Picazo and Gérard Tichy.[1] It is set in 1940 in Spanish Morocco. German agents operating out of Vichy-controlled Mauritania attempt to sabotage a strategic Spanish airstrip. The Spanish and their native Moroccan allies are able to thwart this. The film's hero a Spanish colonial army officer, enters into a relationship with a Berber princess. It was made at a time when Spain's dicator General Franco was trying to forge a closer relationship with the Arab states of the Middle East and the film promotes a concept of the "blood brotherhood" that links the Spanish and Moroccans.[2]

The Call of Africa
Directed byCésar Fernández Ardavín
Written byCésar Fernández Ardavín
StarringIrma Torres
Ángel Picazo
Gérard Tichy
Music byJesús García Leoz
CinematographyJuan Mariné
Edited byMagdalena Pulido
Hesperia Films
Distributed byHesperia Films
Release date
21 May 1952
Running time
109 minutes


In alphabetical order


  1. Bentley p.128
  2. Passerini, Labanyi & Diehl p.132


  • Bentley, Bernard. A Companion to Spanish Cinema. Boydell & Brewer 2008.
  • Passerini, Luisa, Labanyi, Jo & Diehl, Karen. Europe and Love in Cinema. Intellect Books, 2012.
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