A documentary on the father of African cinema

YES! This weekend, now through Sunday only… stream Sembene for free on Vimeo! A film festival favorite, “Sembene!” made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

This FREE global stream is part of the project “Sembene Across Africa,” which is being billed as “the largest community screening in history.” We featured the initiative’s Kickstarter campaign last month. With more than 100 free screenings in 38 African nations, along with other countries in the Diaspora, “Sembene Across Africa” has set the ambitious goal of gifting the story of a real-life African hero to the communities that will most appreciate it. “Sembene Across Africa” is supported by NGOs, universities, activists, educators, film festivals, cultural centers and local governments throughout the continent, with funding from the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute, and a Kickstarter campaign.

“Sembene Across Africa” is designed to inspire anyone working for African progress,” said Samba Gadjigo, the co-director of “Sembene!” and Ousmane Sembene’s official biographer. “Using the new tools of cultural empowerment—digital delivery, social media, grassroots organizing—we hope to share Sembene’s powerful story across an entire continent, to the large audience that will appreciate ‘Sembene!’ the most.”

Here’s the trailer