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  • From Borom Serret: a woman leans on the shoulder of the man next to her.
    Borom Serret
  • From Contras’ City: two women wearing head scarves stand on the street.
    Contras’ city
  • From Le Retour d’un Aventurier: six men stand in a field, wearing cowboy outfits.
    Le Retour d’un Aventurier

SEMBÈNE, MAMBÉTY AND ALASSANE

6:30

Wednesday, June 12

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Shorts by three African cinema pioneers: Sembène’s debut Borom Serret (1963), Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Contras’ city (1969), portrait of two Dakars, and a Nigerien Moustapha Alassane’s Le Retour d’un Aventurier and Bon Voyage Sim (both 1966). DCP, 16mm. Approx. 85 min.

Prints courtesy of the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.