The Films of Ousmane Sembène: Discourse, Politics, and Culture

by Amadou Fofana

Reviews

“Speaking from both the heart and the mind, Amadou T. Fofana offers a perceptive and thought-provoking interpretation and analysis of Ousmane Sembène’s films. Each chapter provides an insightful examination of the complex correlation between Sembène’s personal life experiences and the social, political, and intellectual conditions that inspired his films. Professor Fofana artfully weaves together a close and balanced reading of Sembene's films with a wealth of astute new insights concerning the filmmakers' representation and treatment of Africanpeoples and cultures. A particularly valuable addition to this volume is its appendix which presents synopses of each film. The volume will enhance African film enthusiasts' appreciation for Sembene’s films. It will also inspire newcomers who yearn to plunge into an intellectually stimulating cross-cultural experience. This book is a major contribution to African cinema scholarship, African literature and cultures, and African studies more broadly. It is a must read!” – Mbye Cham, Professor and Chair, Department of African Studies, Howard University


 

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