R.I.P: Ousame Sembene

sembene.jpgRegarded by most as the godfather of African cinema, acclaimed Senegalese filmmaker Ousame Sembene passed away on June 10, 2007, at the age of 84.

Sembene’s career spanned five decades and produced some of the finest cinema to emerge from the continent of Africa. His most recent film, 2004’s Moolaade is just as provocative as his 1966 feature debut, Black Girl, which helped place him on the world map of film. My personal favorite film by Sembene is 1987’s brilliant The Camp at Thiaroye. Sadly, Sembene’s work remains relatively unknown in the United States.

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“At a moral level, I don’t think we have any lesson to learn from Europe.” – Ousmane Sembene

To read more about Ousame Sembene, check out his bio on IMDB.

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