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The Lensic & Center for Contemporary Arts present
A film by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman.
After screenings at Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and in 20 countries, this made-in-Santa Fe film comes to The Lensic.
SEMBENE! has been included on seven "Best of" 2015 lists, including in New York magazine, RogerEbert.com, and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as numerous "Best of Fest" listings at the Sundance Film Festival, BFI London Festival, and Cannes Festival du Film, where it was listed as a top contender for the Camera d’Or for best first feature.
In 1952, Ousmane Sembéne, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE!, a feature-length high-definition documentary, tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema,” the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought—against enormous odds—a 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans.
SEMBENE! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best: colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo. Gadjigo uses rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A true-life epic, SEMBENE! follows an ordinary man who transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, becoming a hero to millions. After a startling fall from grace, can Sembéne reinvent himself once more?
This screening is a benefit for the Center for Contemporary Arts.
Price $15-$100 $100 tickets includes pre-film VIP reception. Reception will begin at 5:30 pm in the lobby of the New Mexico History Museum, 105 W. Palace Ave., and will include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.