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Upcoming Screenings


Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembène

Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadé and Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.

The programme is coordinated by Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. 

Films in this package:


Senegal/US 2015 / English, French and Wolof with English subtitles / Documentary / 1h2 mins

Director: Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman

In 1952, Ousmane Sembène, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. Read more

Edinburgh6 October 2016 8:30FilmhouseBook Now
Newcastle7 October 2016 6.10pmTyneside CinemaBook Now
Manchester8 October 2016 6.10pmHOMEBook Now
Leeds9 October 2016 2.30pmPicture HouseBook Now
Sheffield10 October 2016 6pmShowroom WorkstationBook Now
Nottingham11 October 2016 6.45pm (2 additional screenings in bluray lounge on 12 Nov)Broadway CinemaBook Now
London14 October 2016 5 screenings OctoberPicturehouse CentralBook Now
London14 October 2016 6.30pmRitzyBook Now
Milton Keynes11 November 2016 7.30pmMK Independent CinemaBook Now
Cambridge12 November 2016 4:15PMCambridge PicturehouseBook Now
Cambridge13 November 2016 1:45pmCambridge Picturehouse Book Now
Birmingham 13 November 2016 8pmmac Birmingham
Keswick14 November 2016 6pmAlhambra
Cambridge16 November 2016 4:25PMCambridge PicturehouseBook Now
Dundee16 November 2016 6pmDCA
Glasgow17 November 2016 GFT
Cardiff18 November 2016 6pmChapterBook Now
London19 November 2016 6.30PMGenesisBook Now
Cardiff19 November 2016 8.40pmChapterBook Now
London20 November 2016 1.15pmPhoenixBook Now
Cardiff22 November 2016 10.30amChapterBook Now
Cardiff23 November 2016 8.40pmChapterBook Now
Cardiff24 November 2016 2.30pm, 6.15pm ChapterBook Now
Inverness1 December 2016 Eden Court

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Sheffield3 October 2016 6.30pmShowroom WorkstationBook Now
Edinburgh8 October 2016 6.30pmFilmhouseBook Now
Manchester9 October 2016 6.20pmHOMEBook Now
Leeds9 October 2016 2.30pmPicture HouseBook Now
Nottingham19 October 2016 6.45pmBroadway CinemaBook Now
London20 October 2016 6.30pmPicturehouse CentralBook Now
London21 October 2016 6.30pmRitzyBook Now
Keswick14 November 2016 8pmAlhambra
London19 November 2016 6.30PMGenesisBook Now
Dundee19 November 2016 2:30PMDundee Contemporary Arts Book Now
London27 November 2016 2pmPhoenix CinemaBook Now
Cardiff27 November 2016 5pmChapterBook Now
Cardiff29 November 2016 2.30pmChapter Book Now
Belfast28 November 2016 6:30PMQueen's Film TheatreBook Now
Inverness5 December 2016 Eden Court


Senegal/France 1974 / French with English subtitles / / 2h3m mins

Director: Ousmane Sembène

A businessman is struck with impotence and his attempts at a cure prove disastrous. Read more

Edinburgh9 October 2016 5.45pmFilmhouseBook Now
Sheffield13 October 2016 6pmShowroom WorkstationBook Now
Nottingham17 October 2016 5.30pmBroadway CinemaBook Now
London18 October 2016 6.30pmRitzyBook Now
London19 October 2016 6.30pmPicturehouse CentralBook Now
Manchester20 October 2016 6.15pmHOMEBook Now
Cardiff6 November 2016 5pmChapterBook Now
Belfast15 November 2016 9PMQueen's Film TheatreBook Now
London27 November 2016 2pmPhoenix CinemaBook Now
Inverness12 December 2016 Eden CourtBook Now


Senegal 2004 / French with English subtitles / / 2h mins

Director: Ousmane Sembène

Colle Gallo Ardo Sy, a circumcised woman, has managed to help her only daughter escape from the ritual of ‘purification’ organised every seven years.Now that the next ritual is about to happen, four young girls have fled from the village to escape from excision. Read more

Sheffield6 October 2016 6pmShowroom WorkstationBook Now
Newcastle8 October 2016 Tyneside Cinema
Edinburgh16 October 2016 5.45pmFilmhouseBook Now
Leeds18 October 2016 5.40pmHyde Park Picture House Book Now
Nottingham18 October 2016 8.30pmBroadway CinemaBook Now
London22 October 2016 6.30pmPicturehouse CentralBook Now
London23 October 2016 3pmRitzyBook Now
Manchester24 October 2016 6.10pmHOMEBook Now
Belfast9 November 2016 6.30PMQueen's Film TheatreBook Now
Cardiff20 November 2016 TBCChapter
Cardiff22 November 2016 TBCChapter
Inverness19 December 2016 Eden Court Cinema