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Press Releases Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota Present Ousmane Sembene: African Stories November 5-20

Africa, a continent full of stories both old and new, has over the last half century been affected by enormous political, social, and ecological change. Since shedding its long period of colonialism, it has seen newly formed governments, revived countries, and tribal alliances placed under severe pressure by conflicts over resources, foreign intervention, social customs, and religious differences. Perhaps no filmmaker captured these transformations better than Ousmane Sembene, the Senegalese artist who turned his own literature into film and became known as the father of African cinema. His career began in the years directly following Senegal’s independence and continued until 2006. The Walker Art Center is pleased to present all nine of his feature films, which range from portraits of immigrants to satires to period films based on events ignored or repressed by non-Africans, November 5-20, in the Walker Cinema.

Links to articles, interviews and reviews

Sembene on NPR

California Newsreel biography of Sembene

Sembene in The Village Voice

Sembene in the New York Times

Sembene in The Guardian UK

Jonathan Rosenbaum Review of Black Girl

Mandabi in The New York Times

Emitai in The New York Times

Xala in The Guardian

Camp de Thiaroye in Sense of Cinema

Ceddo in Sense of Cinema

Guelwaar in The Washington Post

Guelwaar in New York Times

Faat Kine

Moolaade in Cinema Scope

Moolaade on NPR

Moolaade in The Chicago Sun Times

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Black Girl, 1966

Directed by Ousmane Sembene