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Jenny chairs Sembene! screening and Q&A with co-director Jason Silverman

Last Sunday, Jenny Mbaye was invited at the fully independent single screen community picturehouse in East Finchley, Phoenix Cinema, to chair a screening and a Q&A of the new and highly acclaimed documentary film Sembène! (Cannes, Sundance, BFI London, Telluride film festivals) with co-director, co-producer and co-writer, Jason Silverman.

This event was part of a series of events taking place between October 2016 – January 2017 when venues across the UK screen the 2015 documentary written, produced and directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, and which documents the important contribution Ousmane Sembène made to African and world cinema, using this to contextualise Sembène’s work.

The Senegalese filmmaker, Ousmane Sembène, known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and perhaps the most important African cultural figure of the 20th century, and yet his works – still relevant today – remain unknown to many. Among other things, the Q&A focused on the importance of producing and sharing endogenous stories linking cultural, personal and political heritage, and the relevant roles of both African and Western creative intermediaries in this process.

sembeneThe ongoing programme ‘Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembene’ is coordinated by Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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sbgd278 • November 20, 2016

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