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Sundance Showcases Senegalese Doc ‘Sembène!’ + Rwandan Film ‘Things of the Aimless Wanderer’

Jennifer Sefa-Boakye|   in  · ·
January 26, 2015

Though the selection of African cinema at Sundance has never been staggering, it has served as a platform for amplifying the reach of stellar features, documentaries and shorts from African writers and directors that we’ve loved, such as Andrew Dosunmu‘s visually stunning ‘Mother of George‘ and Frances Bodomo‘s ode to the afrofuturist imagination ‘Afronauts.’ With the 2015 edition of the festival now underway, below we take a look at two films by and about Africans screening this month in Park City.What do you think?

First up is Sembène!, a documentary film that focuses on the the life and legacy of late Senegalese auteur Ousmane Sembène. The feature, co-directed by Sembène’s official biographer/mentee Samba Gadjigo and filmmaker Jason Silverman, follows Sembène’s trajectory from primary school dropout and dockworker to one of the most important artistic and socio-political voices in African film and literature. Using a mix of rare archival footage, animation and exclusive material from Gadjigo’s travels with his mentor, this doc promises to be a sprawling visual homage to one of Africa’s greatest storytellers. Sembène! saw completion with the help a of successful Kickstarter campaign and will be making its world premiere at Sundance in the World Documentary category. Watch the film’s trailer below.


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