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Ousmane Sembene (1923–2007)

The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer, he joined the Free French forces in 1942, ... See full bio »


(age 84) in Dakar, Senegal

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Moolaadé Director
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Camp de Thiaroye Director
Emitaï Director
Black Girl
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 2004 Moolaadé
 2001 Faat Kiné
 1992 Guelwaar
 1977 Ceddo
 1975 Xala
 1971 Emitaï
 1970 Tauw (Short)
 1968 Mandabi
 1966 Black Girl
 1964 Niaye (Short)
 1963 The Sonhrai Empire (Documentary short)
 1963 Borom sarret (Short)
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Other Works:

Novel: "Xala" (filmed as Xala (1975)) See more »

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1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

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In the army we saw those who considered themselves our masters naked, in tears, some cowardly or ignorant. When a white soldier asked me to write a letter for him, it was a revelation--I thought all Europeans knew how to write. The war demystified the colonizer; the veil fell. See more »


Is the first African director to give the director's lesson at Cannes. See more »

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