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Afrique sur Seine (1955, 21 min., Jacques Melo Kane, Mamadou Sarr, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra) – This short film depicts African students in scenes of Paris, revealing the students’ questions about their identities, their culture, and their futures. In voiceover, a male character asks himself if Africa is just in Africa or if it is also on the banks of the Seine. In French with English subtitles.

Une nation est née (A Nation Is Born) (1961, 25 min., Paulin Soumanou Vieyra) – Une nation est née depicts the progression of Senegal from colonization to sovereignty, shown allegorically through scenes of dance and celebrations of its newly reclaimed independence. In French with English subtitles.

Lamb (1963, 18 min., Paulin Soumanou Vieyra) – Selected in the short film competition at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, Lamb was honored again as a Cannes Classic in 2018. Called “lamb” in Wolof, traditional wrestling similar to Greco-Roman wrestling is a prized national sport in Senegal and has very particular and strict rules. In French with English subtitles.

Sindiely (1965, 16 min., Paulin Soumanou Vieyra) – Sindiely tells the story of a greedy father wishing to marry his daughter to a successful fabric merchant, despite her love for another young man. The hostility of the family makes the father yield to his daughter’s wishes, allowing for the young couple to wed. Please note that Sindiely was intended by the filmmaker to be viewed without subtitles, so captions for this title are not available.

Môl (1966, 27 min., Paulin Soumanou Vieyra) – In Môl, a young fisherman dreams of motorizing his boat to make his work easier. His dream becomes reality, thanks to his courage and determination but causes conflict between traditional values and the modern notion of progress. In French with English subtitles.

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