Ousmane Sembene


Monday, March 18th, 2013

New York African Film Festival 2013

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New York African Film Festival. The Festival–from April 3rd to the 9th at Lincoln Center–is still the longest running, and probably most significant, African film festival in North America. (I’ve helped out on the festival in the past, so I’m biased.) It is worth remembering what the

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Classic African Films N°1: ‘Xala’ by Ousmane Sembène

We hope to build an archive of reviews of classic films in African cinema to build a resource, but also to help readers learn more about the history of different film cultures on the African continent. Where...

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Martin Scorcese namechecks Ousmane Sembene

Mainstream American film culture is so insular (except when it comes to European cinema) that you’re shocked when one of its stars, like director Martin Scorsese–who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2010...