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A richly crafted documentary that serves as an enlightening tribute to the filmmaker who masterfully tapped into the medium's wide-reaching socio-political potential.
For a filmmaker who believed in giving Africans their own voice, it seems appropriate to offer such an unvarnished portrait.
Each time we see an image of Sembene with a camera in this documentary, it still feels like a revolutionary statement.
Mr. Sembène was an inspiration; as a film, "Sembène!" is something less than that, petering out as it goes on, but at least offering a fair-minded tribute to a master.
The remarkable career of Senegalese filmmaker Sembene Ousmane gets an appropriate overview in this intelligent, slightly dry doc.
Sembene emerges here as a courageous man dedicated above all else to his art and the vision he felt compelled to express.
Interweaving animation, clips from feature films, photographs and archival footage, the film traces Sembene's amazing journey from WWII to international recognition as the "father of African film."
A useful and entertaining overview of Sembène's life and career
Majors in the Senegalese's trailblazing; most notably the fact that he was responsible for the first film shot by a black African.
...honors the Senegalese novelist and director Ousmane Sembene, who is often called the father of African cinema,
A rich, engaging portrait not only of Africa's great filmmaker, but also of the course (and necessity) of influence, including co-filmmaker Gadjigo's journey while discovering more about the life and work of his late friend.
Sembene! finds its own rhythm: part-retrospective, part-academic study in the spirit of the director's work.
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