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Saturday 24th October 2020

Sembene Across Africa - Bristol, UK

— The Cube
Sembene Across Africa brought to you by Cables&Cameras and The Cube 19-25th Oct 2020
price: Headfirst Tickets


19th to 25th October

The Sembene Project presents the 4th edition of Sembene Across Africa, an annual event celebrating African cinema through the life and work of Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene.

A week of films, conversations and seminars running from October 19th to 25th are brought to audiences around the world through collaborations with local filmmakers and arts organisations.

Considered to be the ‘father of African cinema’, Sembene was a self-taught filmmaker who became a giant of world culture, and his films and fiction remain among the most inspiring works the continent has seen.

As part of the celebration, Cables&Cameras and Cube Microplex are streaming three of Sembene's films for you to watch at home.

We'll also be hosting a panel conversation with filmmaker Perivi Katjavivi (The Unseen, 2016).

Sembene Across Africa will also include seminars from the Sembene Project, broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube

This is a free event with donations being collected to support all the organisations that are bringing it to you.

Donations go: 50% Sembene Project, 25% Cables&Cameras, 25% Cube Microplex


Films - watch any time from 19th to 25th October:

MANDABI (1968), a classic tragicomedy which documents the plight of a Senegalese man who tries to cash a money order from a relative in France.

XALA (1975), a biting satire about corruption in the independence era.

SEMBENE! (2015), an award-winning documentary celebrating the life of this great man.


Perivi Katjavivi - Bristol panel conversation - Saturday October 24th - 1pm (UK)

Panel conversation with filmmaker Pervivi Katjavivi


Sembene Project Seminars - see date and times for each:

Friday, October 23, 2pm GMT (Dakar) / 3pm (Bristol, UK)

Sembene’s Senegal: Understanding His Home Through His Books and Movies (in Wolof)

Moderated by Boris Boubacar Diop, introduced by Dr. Samba Gadjigo (Mt. Holyoke College), featuring Penda Mbow (Université Cheikh Anta Diop), Prof. Songue Diouf.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Ousmane Sembene began writing books and making movies that radically reimagined his home country. Using oral cultures as an inspiration, and spurred by contemporary politics, Sembene created a powerful counter narrative to the “official story” that had been told in Senegal for generations. This panel uses excerpts and clips from his films to show how Sembene helped us reimagine Africa.


Saturday, October 24, 3:30pm GMT (Dakar) / 4.30 (Bristol/UK)

Fight the Power: Sembene and Black Power, Then and Now (in English)

Moderated by Dr. Sada Niang (University of Victoria), introduced by Dr. Samba Gadjigo, with Jihan El Tahri (Egypt, writer-director), Ambrose Kom (writer, Cameroon), Pervaiz Khan (writer-curator, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).

In the late 1960s, Ousmane Sembene emerged as a key voice in an unprecedented international resistance movement. The global Black Power Movement encompassed activists, writers, students, everyday citizens and artists, with Africans, African Americans and Black Europeans collaborating and sharing ideas and energies, and Sembene, thanks to his fearless, fight-the-power works, became an icon. How do those works continue to resonate today?


Sunday October 25, 3pm GMT (Dakar) / 3pm (Bristol/UK)

Rewriting History: Sembene's Afrocentric Storytelling (French)

Moderated by Fatou Kande Senghor (filmmaker, Senegal), with Manthia Diawara (writer-filmmaker, New York University), Aboubacar Sanogo (Carleton University).

The overwhelming bulk of the world’s written and filmed history in the 20th century dehumanized people of color and made them invisible. Sembene’s work did the opposite, giving true value to African images and stories.  “We should not be eternal guests,” he said. “It is up to us to create our own values, to recognize them to carry them throughout the world. We are not alone in the world but we are our own sun ...  I do see myself, and I shine.”


More info about all the organisations:

The Sembene Project


Perivi Katjavivi

Cube Microplex

Artist Videos:

SEMBENE! Official Trailer

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