African FILM FESTIVAL New zealand

AUCKLAND 2-12 APRIL 2020 | WELLINGTON 6-10 MAY 2020

SEMBENE!

GENRE: Documentary
LENGTH: 86 Minutes
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DIRECTOR: Samba Gadjigo
LANGUAGES: French, Wolof, Eng ST
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Synopsis

In 1952, Ousmane Sembéne, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE!, 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. 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 marginalised, becoming a hero to millions. After a startling fall from grace, can Sembéne reinvent himself once more?

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