Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembène
Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadé and Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.
The programme is coordinated in collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
Camp de Thiaroye
This explosive war drama by director Ousmane Sembène was banned in France and censored in Senegal for its depiction of a 1944 massacre. In the dying days of the Second World War, Senegalese troops stationed outside Dakar rebel against colonial authorities in protest over poor conditions and lack of pay. This dramatic recreation of what happens next has been hailed as “a powerful indictment of colonialism.”
‘Camp de Thiaroye is bookended by scenes of one Senegalese force deplaning, the other departing for war; only their destinations and mode of death at the hands of Europeans may differ.’ – Slant Magazine