24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films

24th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films


Directed by Ousmane Sembène

Senegal, 1963 , 18 min.

Ousmane Sembène Retrospective with Dr. Amadou Fofana, author of The Films of Ousmane Sembène

The genesis of black African cinema can be traced to Borom Sarret, a short, stark masterpiece that chronicles a day in the life of a Dakar cart-driver. The frustrating day of this “borom sarret” (a Wolof expression for cart-driver) leaves him cheated out of his wages and deprived of his cart. In this striking, evocative film, Sembène conveys the toll of loss and poverty, and the stain of European colonization on Africa.

In Wolof and French with English subtitles.

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