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A Tribute to Cinema: Sembene

Possibly no filmmaker better captures Senegal’s postcolonial transformations under its enormous political, social, and ecological changes than Ousmane Sembene. He beautifully and truthfully captures the pressure undergone by Senegal’s newly formed governments, revived countries, and tribal alliances from foreign interests and conflicts over resources. Sembene was a true master of his craft, creating films dating from Senegal’s independence in 1960 through 2006. For this program, the Walker premieres the documentary Sembene! by colleague and scholar Samba Gadjigo, along with screenings of a 4K restoration of Sembene’s Black Girl, which was shown at the Walker in 2010 as part of Ousmane Sembene: African Stories, an extensive retrospective in partnership with the University of Minnesota.