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15 - 26 August 2017: Sembène!


Samba Gadjigo & Jason Silverman
2015 | 90 min | Colour | Digital

In 1952, Ousmane Sembène, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. Sembène!, a feature-length documentary, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. Sembène! 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, Sembène! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalised, becoming a hero to millions.

Part of our season on Ousmane Sembène