It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »
A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former ... See full summary »
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Djibril Diop Mambéty,
Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »
Marie Augustine Diatta,
Mame Ndoumbé Diop
A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »
Hamalla is banished from his village in Mali, due to ancient prejudices. He returns four years later versed in modern technology at a time in which the village's future hangs on the brink ... See full summary »
La Nuit de la Vérité is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by 'Le président', and the Bonande rebels ... See full summary »
Fanta Régina Nacro
Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
Sembene! is a look at the life and career of Ousman Sembene, the first sub-Saharan African to direct feature films. The movie is co-directed and narrated by Samba Gadjigo, an American based professor from Senegal who ended up becoming one of Sembene's closest confidantes. As a result of their closeness, the movie ends being as much about their friendship as it is about the man himself, but that is not a bad thing. This approach gives Sembene a humanity that is often absent from documentaries about directors. Gadjigo also present a well rounded picture of the man and does not shy from some of his qualities that lost him some friends and followers. Judicious use of film clips of not only his movies, but also archival footage of Senegal and interviews with Sembene help make this a very enjoyable look at a master of world cinema that many people are unaware of.
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