Sembène: Father of African CinemaWith a filmography spanning over 40 years, Senegal’s Ousmane Sembène (1923–2007) earned international renown as a revolutionary artist and as the Father of African Cinema for his indigenized filmmaking practice. Sembène eschewed Western languages and narrative style for a new cinematic aesthetic drawing from African storytelling traditions, performed in African languages (Wolof, Diola, Bambara), and expressly produced for African audiences. As Samba Gadjibo quotes Sembène: “Africa is my ‘audience’ while the West and the ‘rest’ are only targeted as ‘markets.’” Fifty years on from his first feature production, we celebrate his legacy with a new documentary and two recent digital restorations.
This series is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, the Cinema and Media Studies program, and the departments of African Studies, French and Italian, and Comparative Literature.
Previously in this series
Tues, Oct 20, 2015, 3:30 pm
Tues, Oct 20, 2015, 7 pm
Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 7 pm