Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Sep 2011
This seminal masterpiece by the Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène maps the period of the struggle of African indigenous culture against the double onslaught of Christianity and Islam, bringing about European Colonialism and the slave trade, and destroying the long tradition of the Ceddo, the village council. In a film of Shakespearean dimensions, Sembène brings to life the disappearing world of the period before the double incursion which erased African history and enslaved its myriad societies.
As the Arab Spring has raised the expectations as well as the risks of political activism in Arab North Africa, the struggle for social and political freedom in most of the continent is still in a parlous and fragile state.
Introduced by Imruh Bakari, former director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival, lecturer at University of Winchester.
Dir Ousmane Sembène Senegal, 1977, 120 mins