Supported by Galle Ceddo Projects.


SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions.

After a startling fall from grace, can Sembéne reinvent himself once more.

Alliance Francasie, Institut Francasie on THRUSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 19h00

Q and A with University of Zambia Mass Communications Dean of faculty

Awards Won
Black Film Festival Montreal 2016
2nd Place Festival Prize – Best Documentary (Won)

Cannes Film Festival 
olden Camera / Golden Eye (Nominated)

Luxor African Film Festival 2016
ury Prize Best Documentary (Won)

Emerge Film Festival, Maine, US 2016
Jury Prize Best Documentary (Won)

  • Directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman
  • Running Time: 1h29min
  • Year of Release: 2016
  • Country: Senegal
  • Language: English