But Sembene was, needless to say, a complex and driven man who was difficult to know and who would go as far as to sabotage other filmmakers’ projects, and even divert funds from other people’s films to his own projects, in the resolute belief that making films was the most important thing – by an means necessary.
A documentary about his fascinating life and career has long been overdue, and now filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman (who were interviewed by Curtis John for S & A here and here) have met the challenge, and their acclaimed film about the filmmaker entitled “Sembene!” has been making its way across the U.S. since last fall, after premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It would also screen at the Cannes Film Festival. And later this month, the film makes its way to Chicago, screening on Friday, January 15 at 8:30PM, and again on Thursday January 21 at 7:45PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center in downtown Chicago. If you live in the area and have even the slightest interest in great cinema and in great filmmakers, then this is an opportunity you cannot pass up.
For more info go here. Below is the trailer: