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SEMBÈNE!_ICONSembène: Father of African Cinema


  • 2015
  • Directed By: Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Documentary
  • 82 Minutes
  1. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Sembene
Reviewing its 2015 premiere at Sundance, Bilge Ebiri wrote that, of all the festival’s films this year, “no film demonstrated the power of cinema more resonantly than SEMBENE!” The documentary chronicles Ousmane Sembène’s fascinating life as a militant artist, self-taught novelist, and “Father of African Cinema." Using rare archival footage, animation, and the firsthand experience of Sembène expert and colleague Samba Gadjigo, the filmmakers present an honest and complex portrait. SEMBENE! emerges also as Gadjigo’s story, as he recounts the ways that Sembène’s work transformed his life. Directors Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman are scheduled to be present. (2K DCP Presentation)

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