Free thinker, French writer and filmmaker Ousmane Sembene was a keen observer of African life. A fervent defender of freedom and social justice, he fought first on the field of writing inspired by his experiences. He wrote six books as well. In The Black Docker, her first novel written in 1956, he describes his personal experience. Then the God’s Bits of Wood, his most famous book, became a classic of literature from West Africa, is studied at school by all African children. But Sembene Ousmane will bring even more: the culture more, raise spirits in the country, inspiring people to social progress and freedom..
The film seemed the best vehicle. This is expected to go into remote villages make a good speech. After studying art at the 7th Institute of Moscow, he signed in 1963, Borom Sarret, a short film on the day of a carrier. In 1966 he produced La Noire de…, his first feature film, adapted from one of his books. A film that marks the beginnings of African cinema and graduated in France, the Prix Jean-Vigo.
In forty years, Ousmane Sembene directed two short films and a dozen feature. In 1971, issued recalls the old tribal beliefs, Xala in 1975, is a delightful comedy about sexual impotence. Ceddo (1977), ironic portrayal of Islam in Africa, has long been criticized by the Senegalese government. Guelwaar (1992) attacking Islam and other religions. Moolade, his last film, is a terrible indictment against female genital mutilation, a subject taboo in Africa, which earned him win the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2004.