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Ousmane Sembène

Senegalese film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and author

1923   -   2007

country of citizenship: Senegal
language of expression: French
occupation: writer, film director, film producer, actor, playwright, screenwriter, stevedore, filmmaker, political activist
award received: Officer of the Legion of Honour, Carrosse d'or, Prix Jean Vigo, Un Certain Regard, Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire

Ousmane Sembène (French: [usman sɑ̃bɛn]; 1 January 1923 or 8 January 1923 – 9 June 2007), often credited in the French style as Sembène Ousmane in articles and reference works, was a Senegalese film director, producer and writer. The Los Angeles Times considered him one of the greatest authors of Africa and he has often been called the "father of African film". Descended from a Serer family through his mother from the line of Matar Sène, Ousmane Sembène was particularly drawn to Serer religious festivals especially the Tuur festival.
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