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Critic Reviews for Sembene!
Majors in the Senegalese's trailblazing; most notably the fact that he was responsible for the first film shot by a black African.
A richly crafted documentary that serves as an enlightening tribute to the filmmaker who masterfully tapped into the medium's wide-reaching socio-political potential.
For a filmmaker who believed in giving Africans their own voice, it seems appropriate to offer such an unvarnished portrait.
Each time we see an image of Sembene with a camera in this documentary, it still feels like a revolutionary statement.
Mr. Sembène was an inspiration; as a film, "Sembène!" is something less than that, petering out as it goes on, but at least offering a fair-minded tribute to a master.
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