Sembene Season

Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema, is one of the key directors of the 20th century and yet his works - still relevant today - remain unknown to many. Through our Sembene Film Season, we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary Sembene!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. It will be screened alongside three of Sembene's films: CeddoMoolaade and Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

3 Mar, 19 Mar, 25 Mar & 2 Apr 2017 - 4pm & 7:30pm


Sembene!, a feature-length doc, tells the unbelievable true story of Ousmane Sembène, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who become the father of African cinema.


   Sembene 1

10 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm

Black Girl

The first major work of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, this 1966 film is widely recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema.


    Black Girl 2

17 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm


In this film by director Ousmane Sembène, a community fights back against the onslaught of Islam and Christianity and the depredations of the slave trade.

    Ceddo 1

24 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm

Camp de Thiaroye

This explosive war drama by director Ousmane Sembène was banned in France and censored in Senegal for its depiction of a 1944 massacre.

      Camp de Thiaroye

31 Mar 2017 - 7:30pm


Among the most recent films by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, Moolaadé brings to life the clash of age-old customs and shifting values.


     moolaade 2 bfi-00n-9sc

This programme is presented by the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in partnership with Aya Distribution with the support from the BFI awarding funds from the National Lottery.


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