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Sembene!2015

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  • 4.4
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 fifty-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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Member Reviews (4)

Solid biopic of pioneer of African cinema.

Wonderful, truly wonderful. I heard stories about the man. Later, the films became part of me. This film gave some knowledge of the man. A note in the credits told of plans to re-release his films. I hope the plan is successful.

Loved it!

Brilliant!!!