Chicago premiere! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres


2015, Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, USA/Senegal, 86 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 15th 8:30pm
  • Thu, Jan 21st 7:45pm

"Endlessly fascinating … an enormously moving portrait of the profound way that art can transform those who come into contact with it." – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

With only a fifth-grade education and a past as a fisherman and Marseille dockworker, Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007), acclaimed as the father of African cinema, created his art and his career from scratch. For the first time, Africans saw themselves vibrantly through films that addressed the deepest concerns of African identity and culture, including immigration and exploitation (BLACK GIRL), government corruption (XALA), and female circumcision (MOOLAADÉ). Directors Gandigo (also Sembene’s official biographer) and Silverman bring a raw truthfulness to this portrait of a complex and driven man, who would stop at nothing to make a film, even diverting a student’s script and production money to make CAMP DE THIAROYE, his powerful indictment of colonialism. In English, French, and Wolof with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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