Ousmane Sembene Program
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Includes the following films:
1963. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene. The director’s first film is a brief documentary on poverty in Senegal. In French; English subtitles. 19 min.
1965. Senegal. Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene. With Mbissine Therese Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine. The director’s first feature follows a young woman who leaves Senegal for France and is ill-treated as a maid. Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo. In French; English subtitles. 59 min.
Ousmane Sembene (1923–2007) was the first director from sub-Saharan Africa to receive international recognition, making him, in some circles, the “father of African film.” Already an acclaimed novelist, Sembene began making films at 40 and spent a year studying at the Gorki studio in Moscow. Sembene’s highly political films are critical of both the French colonial period in Senegal and the country’s subsequent failings after independence. He was a staunch feminist and Marxist, whose views often put him in conflict with traditional religious values.
In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film
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