Oumarou Ganda retrospective

Borom Sarret

by Ousmane Sembène, 1963

Sénégal | 19 min | VOSTA

The day of a carter who roams the streets of Dakar. 

The title means “The Carter” in the Wolof language.


Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) : 

Trained as a film director at the Gorky Studio (Moscow). Self-taught. Novelist. Actor. Producer (Filmi Doomireew). The Elder of the Elders! Sembène Ousmane, writer and filmmaker, was born in Ziguinchor in southern Senegal. Alternately fisherman, bricklayer, car mechanic, Senegalese rifleman, docker and then CGT union leader in Marseille, he is interested in African literature. A passion that will lead him to write novels from 1956. In 1959, he returned to Senegal and toured the African continent. At the age of 40, he studied cinema in Moscow with Marc Donskoï and Sergueï Gherassimov. From 1962, he directed short films. In 1966, his first feature film “The Black of” … makes him enter the category of directors politically and socially committed. Georges Sadoul wrote: “Thanks to Sembene Ousmane, the black continent has finally taken its place in the history of world cinema.

Bio : Africultures 

Free admission subject to availability of seats

Friday, February 10th

Session 1 at 6:30 pm

Cinémathèque québécoise

335 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K1

Films of February 10th