Diasporic Encounters in the Cinema of Ousmane Sembene
This chapter presents a brief biography of the eminent filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene, whose cinematography offers another view of the colonial soldier’s history. Being a former soldier himself, Sembene had featured the colonial soldier in many of his works. He had often criticized Senghor and his ideologies of negritude, as well—on the grounds that, among other things, the government was maintaining ties with France, their previous colonizers. Sembene’s movies challenge the Western penchant for racial segregation and exclusion during the war, by presenting his audience with a series of his own representational imagery—the complex diaspora of many peoples and cultures intersecting with each other during a time of crisis.
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