Monday, September 18, 6:00 p.m. | EMITAÏ envisions both the cruelties of oppression and the revolutionary potential of the oppressed. During World War II, French forces and their African lackeys comb the Senegalese countryside, conscripting young men into service and seizing rice stores for soldiers back in Europe. With unflinching realism, Sembène explores the strains that colonialism places upon cultural traditions and discovers a people’s hidden reserves of rebellion and dignity.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - OCIC Award, Forum of New Film, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Silver Prize, Moscow International Film Festival
Nominee - Golden Prize, Moscow International Film Festival

Ousmane Sembène CentennialWe celebrate the centennial of Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived, and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century with a selection of some of his most acclaimed work. View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email