Sundance: Directors Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo on SEMBENE!'s Rich Legacy

February 3, 2015 7:33 PM

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Though it's a cliché for a Sundance Film Festival premiere to be called "a labor of love," never has the term been more apt than with Sembene!, Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo's impassioned biopic of Ousmane Sembène, "the father of African cinema."

Samba Gadjigo is a Senegalese man who credits Sembène's early writings with helping a teenage Gadjigo find pride in self-identifying as an African; before that, no one had found a way to accurately reflect the African experience in a culturally relevant way. Once he joined the faculty at Mount Holyo...

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