Ousmane Sembène, “father” of African cinema, dies in Senegal

Ousmane Sembène, most famously known for his African films (his most recent and, perhaps, well-known being 2004’s Moolaadé)  died at his home in Dakar today. If you haven’t seen it, Moolaadé is the story of a woman who decides to shield a group of girls from being circumcised. “Moolaadé” is the magical protection she offers them. As long as they remain on her compound, behind a colored rope that she fixes to the front of her house, nobody dares step beyond that rope to collect the girls.

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Ousmane Sembène, 2005

Sembène is also the author of God’s Bits of Wood, a story of collective action against oppression during a railroad strike on the Dakar-Niger railway line.

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