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.
In this film by director Ousmane Sembène, a community fights back against the onslaught of Islam and Christianity and the depredations of the slave trade. When the local king, Demba War, sides with the Muslim forces, local villagers resist by kidnapping his daughter, Dior Yacine. This film was banned for many years in Senegal due to its explosive depiction of religious conflict.