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Navigating the African DiasporaThe Anthropology of Invisibility$
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Donald Martin Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647774

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647774.001.0001

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Comrade Storyteller

Comrade Storyteller

Diasporic Encounters in the Cinema of Ousmane Sembene

(p.209) Chapter 6 Comrade Storyteller
Navigating the African Diaspora

Donald Martin Carter

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   Ousmane Sembene, government, France, cinematography, military history, colonial soldier, diaspora, racial segregation

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