The day after much of America learned about the state of Africa from Brad Pitt and Primetime Live, I’d like to share what legendary African filmmaker Ousmane Sembene has to say about the current state of his continent. During a recent panel in the U.K. with Bonnie Greer moderating, Sembene offers his insight on the portrayal of Africa, as well as the portrayal in his own films. He also criticizes events such as the upcoming Live Aid sequel, Live 8, as “fake.” Here’s an excerpt:
“I think cinema is needed throughout Africa, because we are lagging behind in the knowledge of our own history. I think we need to create a culture that is our own. I think that images are very fascinating and very important to that end. But right now, cinema is only in the hands of filmmakers because most of our leaders are afraid of cinema.”
The full transcript is available here at The Guardian.