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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène (Blu-ray) (1 Viewer)

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Having blazed a trail for African filmmakers to tell their own stories on-screen, Senegalese auteur Ousmane Sembène took his career-long project—to unlock cinema’s potential as a vehicle for social change—in increasingly urgent and provocative directions in the 1970s. Searing critiques of colonialism, political corruption, patriarchal arrogance, and religious indoctrination, his three features from this decade—the radical call to resistance Emitaï, the wickedly subversive satire Xala, and the controversial historical epic Ceddo—confirmed his standing as a fearless truth-teller for whom the camera was the ultimate weapon in the fight against oppression in all its forms.
Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène

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FILM INFO​

  • Spine #1217

FILMS IN THIS SET​

THREE-DISC SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • New 4K digital restorations of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • New conversation between Mahen Bonetti, founder and executive director of the African Film Festival, and film writer Amy Sall
  • The Making of “Ceddo,” a 1981 documentary by Paulin Soumanou Vieyra
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Yasmina Price

    New cover by Ify Chiejina

    May 21, 2024
 

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An essential release of works from one of the finest African filmmakers.
CEDDO is one of the most extraordinary films I've ever seen, whose beauty belies the tempestuousness of its narrative.
 

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Wow! Only seen Black Girl - definitely looking forward to this!
 

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