Ousmane Sembene is commonly referred to as the Father of African cinema. Yet, despite the significance of Sembene’s works for African cinema today, his work is still little known by Africans.
Who is Sembene? What kind of vision did he had for African cinema? And how could Sembene's legacy inspire contemporary African filmmakers?
To know more about the need to indigenise African cinema, read the interview with Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman who recently launched the Sembene Across Africa initiative.
The film follows Aidan, a record shop owner in Le Havre who is on the lookout for old vinyls of Congolese music, and the director, Rufin Mbou Mikima, in search of the voices of his childhood, including Franklin Boukaka, Franco and other Bantus of the Capital, in the furrows of Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The director took part in an interview with Cinewax. Take a look for an opportunity to (re)discover Congolese classics!