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Mourning Peerless Film Giant Ousmane Sembene
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ousmane Sembene who died this past weekend was a rare breed of African artist--of the emerging days of African independence that used creative restorative images and cinematic language rooted in African culture for the social and mental liberation of African people.

The grandmaster of African film died at the age of 84 in Dakar, Senegal, Saturday. He was one of the last few surviving giants of pioneers of African cinema who chronicled the lives of the dispossessed, exposed the inequalities of wealth and power in postcolonial Africa.
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Critic of Africa's dependency on aid dies

Senegal's leading film maker and author Ousmane Sembčne, who was a staunch critic of Africans taking aid from the West, is dead.

His films and books often touched on issues of colonialism and Western racism but his subject always focused on what Africans need to do for themselves.

"The one theme running through all his work was that Africans need to stand up and take responsibility for their actions," Gnilan Ndiaye an authority on Senegalese culture told IRIN on Monday.
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