Ousmane Sembène was a Senegalese film director, producer, and writer whom the Los Angeles Times considered one of the greatest authors of Africa. Often called the “father of African film,” Sembène strongly believed that African films should be geared primarily toward educating the masses and making the philosophical quandaries and political issues contested by elites accessible to the poor and those with little to no formal education.
Although Sembène’s central aim was to reach African audiences and encourage a dialogue within Senegalese society, his films are also extraordinarily effective in introducing non-African audiences to many of the most intriguing cultural issues and social changes facing African people today.
The Films of Ousmane Sembène: Discourse, Politics, and Culture by Amadou Fofana is thus a most welcome addition to the fields of African studies and film studies. Professor Mbye Cham, Chair of the Department of African Studies at Howard University, notes that this book is “offers a perceptive and thought-provoking interpretation and analysis of Ousmane Sembène’s films” and commends it for being “a major contribution to African cinema scholarship, African literature and cultures, and African studies more broadly. It is a must read!”
The book has been published just in time for the 2012 African Studies Association conference, so please come by the Cambria Press booth to review it.
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