Release Date: November 6
Directors: Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman
When Sembene Ousmane, “the father of African cinema,” explained why he made movies, his answer was simple — and sadly timeless. “We need our own heroes,” explained the populist filmmaker whose work was controversial, provocative, and strikingly photographed; his movies were initially shot on loose ends donated by other filmmakers, populated by non-actors, and crewed by friends and family. They were critical of African society, politics, and religion, often banned or ignored until his rediscovery later in life. Directors Gadjigo and Silverman mostly color within the profile bio-doc lines here, but the boilerplate structure matters less when you’re talking about a story this compelling, educating viewers on a scene mostly unknown on our shores.