re Sembene

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Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:35:46 -0700 (PDT)

Re renewed attention to Sembene, of interest is this documentary:
Stephan Chodorov
Creative Arts Television

CINEMA IN SENEGAL

Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembene discusses filmmaking in Senegal,=20
and by extension filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa with his compatriot the=20
elder statesman of African filmmaking Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Larry =20
Kardish, Associate Curator in the Programming Division of the Museum of=20
Modern Art in New York City. Mr. Kardish had at the time arranged a=20
retrospective of African films at the Museum.

Excerpts are shown from Sembene=92s film =93Ceddo=94 and from =93Et La Nieg=
e N=92etait=20
Plus=94 by Ababacar Samb-Makharam, and =93Reouh-Takh=94 by Mahama Johnson=20=
Traore.

The conversation is in French with voice over translation. The topics=20
discussed with some passion on this program concern art in a post-colonial=20
society, censorship and self-censorship, how Senegalese films track the=20
underlying concerns of society (including the conflict between Christianity=20
and Islam and both with old indigenous religions), and the role of educated=20
Senegalese who return to a country in which they can no longer relate so=20
comfortably to older traditions.=20
1978, color, 27 mins