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Sembène - Wellington Film Society


Mon 19 Jun 2017, 6:15pm–7:45pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free: $0.00
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(Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman, Senegal/USA, 2015).

"This incisive documentary chronicles the life of the internationally acclaimed filmmaker, considered by many to be the father of African cinema. Ousmane Sembène was a self-taught novelist and filmmaker. His ambition was to make films that would reach a vast African audience, from the illiterate to the educated.

He dropped out from school when he was in the fifth grade and left Senegal, embarking on a journey that took him to Marseille where he worked as a docker. It was following an accident and the subsequent months lain in bed that Sembène began writing. From there he attended the Gorky Film Institute in Moscow and shortly after directed his first short film.

Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman’s film details Semebène’s transformation into a world-class filmmaker, through personal recollection, archive footage and the magnificent films he made. It is a fitting tribute to one of the cinema’s great pioneers and storytellers." - Keith Shiri, London Film Festival 2015

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