By Indiewire | Indiewire June 13, 2007 at 7:54AM
Ousmane Sembene, by consensus the father of African cinema, was nearly 40 when he started making films. (He was 84 when he died over the weekend at his home in Dakar). By 1960, the year that Senegal, his native country, won its independence from France, he was already a novelist of some reputation in Francophone African circles. A.O. Scott reports.