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Cinema in Senegal

Year: 1978, 27 mins
Code: CAT-Sen

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Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembene discusses filmmaking in Senegal, and by extension filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa with his compatriot the elder statesman of African filmmaking Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Larry Kardish, Associate Curator in the Programming Division of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Mr. Kardish had at the time arranged a retrospective of African films at the Museum.

Excerpts are shown from Sembene's film "Ceddo" and from "Et La Niege N'etait Plus" by Ababacar Samb-Makharam, and "Reouh-Takh" by Mahama Johnson Traore. The conversation is in French with voice over translation. The topics discussed with some passion on this program concern art in a post-colonial society, censorship and self-censorship, how Senegalese films track the underlying concerns of society (including the conflict between Christianity and Islam and both with old indigenous religions), and the role of educated Senegalese who return to a country in which they can no longer relate so comfortably to older traditions. Colour.

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