Sembene

Nominee
Golden Camera
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Golden Eye
Cannes Film Festival
Winner
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
An enormously moving portrait of the profound way that art can transform those who come in contact with it.

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Sembene

In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self- taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions. After a startling fall from grace, can Sembene reinvent himself once more?
Genre
Documentary, Bio-pic, History
Runtime
86
Language
English, French, Wolof
Director
Samba Gadjigo
Jason Silverman
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Eye, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
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FEATURED REVIEW
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

A tribute to and précis of the director who bristled at being called "the father of African cinema," Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo's heartfelt doc is rich in footage and access: Here are gripping excerpts from the films of Ousmane Sembene, scenes of everyday life and strife certain to tantalize ...

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