Monday, June 11, 2007

Ousmane Sembene pioneer of African cinema 1923 - 2007

DAKAR, Senegal: Sembene Ousmane, the father of Senegalese cinema and one of the pioneers of the art in Africa, died at his home over the weekend after a long illness. He was 84.

"It's a great loss for Senegal, for Africa and for cinema," said Tidiane Niangan, the director of a government-run cinematography institute in Senegal, who confirmed he died on Saturday.

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