SEMBENE!

Directed by Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo

Year: 2015
Running Time: 86
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: U.S., Senegal
Language: English, French, Wolof
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SEMBENE!

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Ousmane Sembene

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Editor Samba Gadjigo
Directed by Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo


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?

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"An enormously moving portrait of the profound way that art can transform those who come in contact with it." -Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1478754000November 10, 2016
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1464408000May 28, 2016
International Film Series - Univ of Colorado, Boulder Boulder 1461643200April 26, 2016
FilmScene Iowa City 1459828800April 5, 2016
Chattanooga Film Festival Chattanooga 1459483200April 1, 2016
Sonoma Film Institute Rohnert Park 14588784003/25 & 3/27
AFI Silver Theatre Silver Spring 1457845200March 13, 2016
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1457586000March 10 - March 14, 2016
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland 14556852002/17 & 2/19 ONLY


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