No photo available. Represent Ousmane Sembene? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
STARmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,723 this week

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 »

Died:

(age 84) in Dakar, Senegal

Editors' Spotlight

Unbroken: An interview with Angelina Jolie

IMDb's Arno Kazarian chats with Angelina Jolie about working with cinematographer Roger Deakins and harnessing Jack O'Connell's fire

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 98 people
created 13 Sep 2011
 
a list of 31 people
created 01 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 13 people
created 04 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 4 people
created 28 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 54 people
created 5 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Ousmane Sembene's work have you seen?

User Polls

22 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Director (13 credits)
 2004 Moolaadé
 2001 Faat Kiné
 1992 Guelwaar
 1977 Ceddo
 1975 Xala
 1971 Emitaï
 1970 Tauw (Short)
 1969 Borom sarret (Short)
 1968 Mandabi
 1966 Black Girl
 1964 Niaye (Short)
 1963 The Sonhrai Empire (Documentary short)
Show Show Writer (10 credits)
Show Show Actor (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)
Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Mandabi" (filmed as Mandabi (1968)) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ousmane Sembène
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

L'Afrique ne se développera pas sans la participation concrète de la femme. La conception que nos pères avaient de la femme doit être enterrée une fois pour toutes. [The development of Africa will not happen without the effective participation of women. Our forefathers' image of women must be buried once for all.] See more »

Trivia:

Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1977 See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

Message Boards

Recent Posts
new DVDs of Ousmane Sembene's work available in US cheapdate
Rest in Peace lecourrierdemarco
African Cinema Auteurs BlueFacedPierrot
Discuss Ousmane Sembene on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page