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Sembene Doc Gets Funding

The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program announced today the 20 film projects awarded financial and creative support from the Sundance Documentary Fund.

One of the projects is a documentary from filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, titled Sembene: Revolutionary Artist, about the late Senegalese "father of African cinema" Ousmane Sembene, who died in June of 2007. The film is described as "the story of independent filmmaker, Senegal's Ousmane Sembene, providing an alternate history of contemporary Africa and a window into world cinema."

I'm not aware of any existing documentaries on Sembene's life and work, so this is a welcomed effort, and I certainly hope it's fully realized.

If you haven't already, check out some of his work - starting with his first, the 1966 film Black Girl (La Noire De).

The full list of projects awarded Sundance support is available on the indieWIRE blog.

Here are the first 6 minutes of Black Girl:


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