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Ousmane Sembène @ 100:  ‘Father of African cinema’

Ousmane Sembène @ 100: ‘Father of African cinema’

1 January 2023 marked the centenary of the birth of Ousmane Sembène, the Senegalese novelist and filmmaker hailed as the “father of African cinema”. Over the course of five decades, Sembène published 10 books and directed 12 films across three distinct periods. He has been celebrated for his beautifully crafted political works, which range in style from the psychological realism of Black Girl in 1966 to the biting satire of Xala (The Curse) in 1974. Author DAVID MURPHY, Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, University of Strathclyde Since his death in 2007, Sembène’s status as a pioneer has been further…
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