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Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman – Sembene!

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A conversation about the father of African cinema.

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22 min. and 50 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Samba Gadjigo and  Jason Silverman, directors of the film Sembene!.

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A conversation with Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman about the life and legacy of the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembéne. Together, they directed a 2015 documentary feature called Sembene! and look after the preservation of and accessibility to the works of Sembene via The Sembene Project and Sembene Across Africa. All this we talk about here.

Sembene! : is a feature-length HD 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. It 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. The Sembene Project’s goal is to preserve African cinema and culture, and make it available to Africans both on the continent and in the diaspora.

To discover more about the film, click here.

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    Matt Micucci
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    Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman
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