فيلم Sembene!


Sembene! is a movie starring Mbissine Thérèse Diop and Ousmane Sembene. Meet Ousmane Sembene, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon.

Other Titles
Filminstruktøren Ousmane Sembene
Running Time
1 hours 29 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Biography, History
Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman
Jason Silverman, Samba Gadjigo
Ousmane Sembene, Mbissine Thérèse Diop
Senegal, USA
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Meet Ousmane Sembene, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon.

Comments about documentary «Sembene!» (21)

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I'm a huge music fan, but it took me this long to watch "Side By Side" to watch a documentary about the life of David Bowie, and I'd say I'm a little to harsh on it, because the guy was a pioneer. Bowie is one of the most influential artists in the world and a legend. The documentary "David Bowie" is one of the best documentaries that I've seen, it's a great story told through a lot of images, some of which are really incredible. So if you're a music fan like me, you'll definitely enjoy the documentary and I give it a solid 8 out of 10. The director, Frank C. Hutchings Jr. is an accomplished music journalist and is always one of my favorite documentaries because he gives the viewer a lot of insights into how artists went from the beginning of the music world to the middle of the 80's and how music continued to be a huge part of human existence for almost a hundred years after. I don't think there's ever been another artist like Bowie, he was very unique, he changed the way people see and live their life. I really liked the information that he gave me in this documentary, his voice is very clear and he's always on the right track.

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I was surprised to see that there are so many negative reviews of this documentary. I found it very interesting to see how different people responded to the same video and how different the reactions were in terms of emotional responses. I would highly recommend this documentary to those who have never had to deal with difficult issues and who do not have a lot of emotional involvement in their lives. The reviewers that have labeled this film as a "bashing" or "scare tactics" are either simply ignorant or deeply misguided. In my opinion, this film is a powerful expression of what it means to be human. Whether you agree or disagree, the underlying message is one that needs to be communicated to others in order to be of any use. That message can be found in the film as well as in the reasons that many of the subjects in the film were asking their own questions.

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Ryan Lee

Most documentaries do a good job of explaining what's going on and what's going to happen in the real world. But "Sebastian" is not a documentary. "Sebastian" is a rich man's game. The CEO of Exxon Valdez and the American oilmen who tried to block him from running the company before he went broke had their lives and their fortunes ruined. One of them was John and the other was Robert. The film focuses on the process of making oil, especially in the mid-1980s. The film is fascinating. But most of the film is a bunch of talking heads. That is what made me like it. You really get to know the people in the film, especially the people who lost their lives. The film was produced by Morgan Spurlock who is a great documentary maker. The film is interesting but not a documentary. It is quite good. But that's not why I wanted to watch it. The reason I wanted to watch it was because the film was made by a fellow named Sasha Issenberg. He is a friend of mine and he is a great documentary maker. He was a documentary maker in the 1970s and he is a good documentary maker. I would recommend the film to anyone.

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Kathleen R.

I liked this film because it gives you a perspective from the point of view of a documentary film crew. It gives you the chance to see different viewpoints of what is really happening in our world, but I have to say I was not impressed by the images presented here. What struck me was how many times I had heard about a missing children's film but this never really got an airing in my news, or on my local public radio. I saw this film on a little hidden channel on the public radio and thought that maybe this could be a documentary about the missing child that happened in my city and in my community. When I saw the title "Missing in America" I thought to myself: "That is about as much as I am going to get out of this." This is a well made documentary that tells the story of a missing children's film that was made in the 1970's. The documentary focuses on one young woman's search for her mother who disappeared in the 1950's from her small hometown of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The film then shows what has happened to that woman and her family since then. The film shows some people saying that the problem is that they are told that there are no missing children's films that were made in the US. However, there are enough missing children's films that were made in the US that makes this film of interest. I have seen many films that show children in trouble in the media, but the film that shows the search for the mother in South Carolina is something I would like to see more. While I think that the film might be confusing for some, I thought it was well made and informative. I gave this film an 8 out of 10.

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A filmmaker who began his career as a film critic and commentator before turning to film writing, Ken Burns is a man who loves film, and he loves the process of film making. His most recent documentary, A Man Called Horse, focuses on the war and related events of World War II, one of the most interesting stories of that era. The subject matter is tough, and the narration is fascinating, however, Burns tends to walk the line between entertainment and artistic value in his interviews, and the quality of this film often is marred by its seeming lack of focus. To be fair, Ken Burns had a considerable part in directing the film, and if that is enough for him, I will be pleased, but it is not enough to carry the weight of the film. Many people on this site have criticized this film for being too long, and a few people have mentioned that it is too slow. Neither of these points is entirely true. The film was over two hours, but that was needed to give the viewer a background to the war and to be able to understand some of the key historical events. The slow pace is also necessary for some of the more moving parts of the film, such as the interviews with the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For those who have never seen A Man Called Horse, I recommend it. I gave it an 8 out of 10, and the movie does have some value, but not as much as it seems to suggest.

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I have watched this documentary only once. I was at an international film festival and this film got very limited distribution, so I missed it. I would like to watch it again. I enjoyed the work of Mr. Okamoto and Ms. Kamisama but what impressed me was the filmmaker's ability to use language to convey a point. The strongest point is that they can explain complicated concepts in a simple and clear way. Another great point is that they can put many different types of acts and personalities in one topic without being confusing. The filmmaker had done a great job in using language to convey his point. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a great documentary.

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Kimberly Simmons

This documentary about the controversy surrounding the Mormon faith is certainly well-done. I enjoyed it a great deal. As an outsider, I am surprised at how well-received it has been. The documentary is well-done, but it does come at the expense of a few details. For example, the documentary doesn't really make the case for the fact that the Mormon religion is a racist religion. This, in and of itself, is a damning accusation. It also doesn't mention, for example, that there are many black Mormons. These are significant, as black Mormons are the mainstay of the church and are often the subject of the most hateful attacks. But the documentary glosses over these details and instead focuses on how the church's theology is anti-Semitic and anti-Semitic practices are prevalent within the religion. These are the major reasons for its failure to gain much of an audience and, as such, is a great shame. The biggest problem with the documentary is that it focuses way too much on the complaints of individual members of the LDS community. This kind of focus makes the documentary more painful to watch because it undermines its purpose. The most important reason for it being important is because it brings attention to the fact that the Mormon faith is a racist and oppressive religion. It also brings attention to the fact that, for many, these problems are true. While it's true that there are many Mormons who are homophobic and racist, it is also true that the Mormon religion has been built on racism, especially in the West Coast region. It is very clear to me that the documentary does not make the case that the Mormon religion is racist. It simply highlights the fact that the church's theology is anti-Semitic. It's a shame that this documentary is so anti-Semitic because it could have been a great documentary. Instead, it is a disservice to its audience because it focuses too much on the complaints of individual members of the Mormon community. When the documentary is presented in a more balanced way, it is well-done. The only criticism that I would offer is that it fails to show how the church has been able to continue to operate and prosper. For example, it fails to mention the fact that Mormons tend to be much more supportive of Israel and American exceptionalism than the general population. This is obviously true, but the film does not mention the fact that the church has built its church upon a foundation of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism practices are quite widespread within the religion. The church has long been dominated by the descendants of African American immigrants and most of the current members are white, male, and very wealthy. This gives the Mormon church tremendous power and political influence. As a result, the church has been able to effectively and efficiently exercise control over the African American community. It's not really a surprising thing to see. All of this leads to the conclusion that the only reason why the Mormon religion has been able to continue to function is because it has been able to perpetuate its racist beliefs. While I do not deny that the church has been capable of effectively controlling the black community and perpetuating its racism, it is the fact that it has been able to do this without having to commit massive atrocities that it has failed to reveal. In conclusion, I enjoyed the documentary and will definitely recommend it to other people. However, I think it is important for the church to make a documentary that would better reflect the facts of its religion. Otherwise, it will remain a racist religion.

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Andrea C.

The moral of this story has been written so well that it is impossible to give it justice. There is always a human in the mix of these moments, and this is what makes a documentary a documentary. Still, as a film maker and as a believer in the power of sharing, I felt that this film did a great job of conveying that power. The footage, the interviews with the people and the powerful ideas were delivered with a sense of urgency. I am pleased to say that these guys delivered their message and presented it with great care and dignity. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the topics it addresses.

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Peter W.

I saw this documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. It is a very informative documentary about the Vatican and its influence on the late 1800s Catholic Church. It also tells the story of three real-life priests who helped a man become a Saint. You can find the film in English with the same title on DVD and/or a two disc set of the documentary on DVD. The movie is very enjoyable and a good overview of the background of the Catholic Church and the early 20th century. It shows us the various phases of the life of these three men and the eventual success of the effort to make the last Saint become a Catholic Saint. Although the men who make this miracle are usually noted for their outrageous personalities, you can also find a good connection between their fearlessness and the strength of the Faith they had. There is a scene where one of the men is being challenged to a fight by a priest and it shows the extraordinary strength of their faith. There are other scenes where the three men are surrounded by enemies, and the challenges they face are very realistic. There is also a scene where one of the men has been challenged by a street preacher who tries to do him in, but the three men are able to take it in stride. The last miracle comes in the end. In the end, three real-life priests come to live together in a monastery and live the experience of the last miracle of St. Joseph. You can see the great things that happen in their lives, and the perspective of the monks who live in the monastery. The three priests can relate to each other and express their faith in the environment. They have a deep love for the monastery and see the miracles that occur there. Although the movie is over 90 minutes long, it gives the viewer a lot of information in a very short time. It shows you how the men who made this miracle and the people who supported them feel about the Church. It also shows us what a challenge that the three men faced in order to achieve their mission. You can find this movie at the theaters for $3.00, but it is worth it to buy the DVD or a two disc set of the documentary on DVD. This documentary is a must-see for Catholics and anyone who has a passion for the Faith.

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I think that Ron Kaufman is a great director. His work is mainly the unassuming films that we get to see as a kid. The purpose of this film, and what its about, is in the end quite simple. He showed that it is possible to make movies for kids that are quite touching and also a bit dramatic, even if the subject is the environment of kids in the US. The footage is very well edited. Some of the best parts of the film, like when he was on a bus, or when he was "in the shop" while going to school, are actually taken out of the film, but still very moving. If you are like me, you will find this film very heartwarming, and you may even relate to it. I think it is because the American education system is not a very pleasant place. I think that the image of children in a school setting, that is one of the most beautiful and most wonderful things in the world, is portrayed rather good. What was not shown in this film was the harsh reality of the children's environment, and how miserable they were. As a result, the film became even more positive. It would have been an even better movie if it had shown the harshness of the children's life in the US and also about the mistreatment of the children there. I think that the director has done a fantastic job in this film.

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Mildred Nichols

Just another amazing documentary by Michael Moore. From Watergate to the current election cycle. I know there's a lot of hype surrounding this film but that's all part of its brilliance. It's an hour and a half of raw, honest, unedited footage. There's not a dry word spoken and he is absolutely certain about the facts presented. If you've ever been a kid you'll recognize the scenes from his film Bowling for Columbine. It was one of the first movies I saw, it changed the way I viewed things. This is the same thing. He doesn't sugar coat anything. His documentary style is perfect. The interviews are full of emotion and complete honesty. This is not a movie for the 'adults'. This is not an advertisement for the President. This is not a political documentary. This is a tribute to all those who worked so hard to hold this country together for 4 years. A true inspirational movie. You'll remember it for a long time.

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You see "The Walking Dead" every Sunday. They keep losing money and may shut down the website. It was interesting to see this documentary, and it seems to me that they must be making a killing. As a veteran, I think it is very nice to see documentaries on military issues and this was the best one. I hope there are more. There was a very positive tone throughout the movie. I think this movie is a great example of how veterans can make a difference and contribute to society. The acting was great and I think the director did a good job. One thing I would have done differently is to have the movie be longer so I could have enjoyed it more.

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Joyce M.

People keep comparing this documentary to the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple", and that's absolutely correct. "Boys Don't Cry" and "Fargo" are far more compelling and realistic films about the grim and often hilarious consequences of tragic events. That is, until this documentary. The sheer frustration of watching all this happen to these seven men, who have now collectively served over 70 years of their sentences, is too much to bear. The film itself is nearly two hours long, and the story is told in a grand style. The characters are not given any meaningful back-story to build off of, and the revelations that are revealed have no real impact on the viewer. Some of the things these seven men have to go through is just so depressing. Even before the execution, it's impossible not to feel something like a depression. The documentary does a pretty good job at showing how the pain of these crimes have effected these men, and it's difficult not to feel a little pity when you think about all those years of this pain. Overall, this is a gripping, informative documentary that you should definitely see if you want to know more about the horrendous crimes these men have suffered. It's definitely worth a watch.

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Margaret M.

I came into this documentary as a film buff who had always been fascinated by the U.S. Special Forces, the military-industrial complex, and the World Wide Web. The nature of the things discussed in this documentary was also fascinating. They were quite alarming and could only be explained through a history of both human behavior and technology. This documentary was also extremely educational as to what may be an impending catastrophe in the world, and we must be prepared. There was an incredible sense of hope in this documentary and the stories it shared were extremely believable. They were difficult to watch at times but this is only the first documentary and I have to believe they will be followed by many more, possibly more than I have ever seen. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in this topic.

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The first time I watched 'The Bicentennial Man' was in 1988, and this year I thought I had finally seen the most astonishing film ever made. I watched it again last night, and it still hadn't left me. It's a 'real' film. It's based on a true story, it shows the incredible journey of a man who lived for almost thirty years, and the work and sacrifices that have been made to restore his body, so that he could lead a normal life. 'The Bicentennial Man' is very well made, and the filming and soundtrack really captures the loneliness of the man. It's not a documentary, but it does keep you in the mind of the character throughout, and it does work beautifully. It's definitely worth seeing. All I can say is 'Thank God for science.'

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The first 15 minutes of this documentary are truly amazing, showing how a hidden secret was discovered that changes the course of world history. The opening 20 minutes of the documentary is a wealth of information that is almost impossible to put in a small television screen. The entire documentary is so well put together that it's almost impossible to put the whole documentary into a small TV screen. You would have to leave your seat at the dinner table, hold the remote in front of you, and watch it on the big screen with the sound turned up. In my opinion, this documentary is almost as good as the BBC series that follows the Discovery Channel's Million Dollar Secrets. I highly recommend this documentary, for anyone, because it is very educational and an excellent example of how important it is to stay informed. If you have never read the history of the Rockefellers, and your knowledge of the Rockefellers is very limited, I strongly recommend this documentary.

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Sean H.

I love documentaries, I love movies and I love history. I am a huge fan of John Sweeney, and as I was watching this, I was saying to myself, "Why isn't this a full length feature film?" One of the best documentaries of the year (a title I still can't believe) is made in English and takes the viewer through a journey through the history of the world, from the end of the Mayan empire to the destruction of the world by the Nazis in WWII. The time period is up to the 1980s, and this documentary has great information about these time periods, including the destruction of the Mayan empire by the Spanish conquistadors. This documentary is well put together, there are some real history facts, and it is well narrated. The cinematography was very impressive, the film also has a very strong message, and has a real documentary feel. I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary, and I can't wait to see more from this documentary maker.

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A good documentary on the history of water scarcity, and how humanity must start thinking differently about water supply. Lots of interesting facts, and a lot of criticism on the hypocrisies of the industry, in particular the way we are producing this water. What is really strange is that the industry in the developed world is not really concerned with water issues. The industry is actually saying "hey, this water is cheap" and allowing it to be pumped out every week. The main point of the documentary is the history of conflict between the United States and Mexico, and how water was going to be the battleground. That is a good and interesting thing to highlight. It makes me wonder how often the big companies are saying "hey, this water is cheap" and letting it flow into the country. The industry has been very involved in the process of water extraction. All the big companies are experts, and it is no surprise that the water crisis that is going on in the world is about the same reason as for the water crisis in Mexico. The point is the same. Even the water companies are the same. How much water is being produced by all the big companies? Could be 25-30 million barrels a day, but I have seen it being as much as 100 million barrels a day. The debate over the issue is not a hard one. For me, the hardest one is about the water. The big water companies have always been interested in water, but they have always been a bit weak in their approach. It is obvious that in Mexico, all the water that comes out is salt water, and water is still only a small part of the production. The problem is that it is very expensive to get the water from that area, and to get that water, they have to send water from the coast. It is a very big issue, and when it is produced, and when the water is being produced, it is being used for the social system in Mexico. But then the problem is, it is a very small part of the water supply. They are selling it, and it is being used in the social system. The big companies don't want to reduce the demand of water, but they don't have the capacity to produce it, and it will only go to the social system. We must have more water, for the social system, for the water. This is what the water crisis is about. We need more water, because in the social system, the water is not the same. The water is produced, but not for the social system. We must have more water. I recommend this documentary to people who want to know more about the water. It will make you think about your own water situation.

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Christina H.

Is this documentary worth your time? Maybe. This film, made by American film director and producer Shola Karagul, is pretty good for those who love history and cinema, although I think that you have to be a fan of a certain director to appreciate it. It does not try to be any kind of historical documentary and it does not try to be a love letter to the Hollywood film industry. It is a documentary about the very roots of the film industry and how it is dominated by a few, very, very big, businessmen who are trying to get the best out of a very limited budget. It is not a love letter to those who work in Hollywood. But it is more of a homage to them because I do believe that they are the ones that deserve the attention and the respect that they receive from the filmmakers in Hollywood. They are the ones who work on the very first films that are made and they do not have the backing of Hollywood to make them. Because they have to cut it up and split it up into pieces and distribute it to other people so that it will make money. The movie does not go into any detail as to why the industry was so limited but you have to see the entire process that it went through. And it is fascinating. The scenes that it shot are fascinating as well as the interviews that it got. It is hard to talk about the movie because it is so detailed. But it is very clear and shows that some of the people in the film are still working in the industry and that there are some really, really big, very, very, very, very big corporations that still make money out of it. It shows how they could make films for no money and how they could take millions of dollars and use it to pay salaries and buy themselves an Oscar. It shows how they used actors and actresses and basically acted out movies themselves and how they would buy scripts. They would steal the idea from someone else and take it out and use the actors for the purpose of it. And it shows how the process of taking a script from one person and making a movie out of it works and how it works when you have a very limited budget. It shows how the fact that Hollywood became so successful did not mean that it was the right thing to do because the fact that there are a few of those in Hollywood making it worth it. So, like many other documentaries that were made, this one starts with a script and that it was a script that a few people had made in Hollywood and that is what they chose to make a movie out of it. This movie makes a point that I think most people have heard about. It is about the financial reasons behind the creation of Hollywood and how it is dominated by a few people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get a big profit out of the industry. The movie is also good because it shows the experiences that these people had working in Hollywood. Because it is just about the people that work there and the movies they have made. It does not show any specific experiences of working in Hollywood that were particularly good or bad. It shows the people that they work with and their reactions to what they were doing. It shows that they have many different jobs in the industry and the other movies that they have worked on. And it shows that they are not only making movies for themselves but also making them for others and that they are going to take a lot of money out of the film industry. The film is a lot of fun to watch because it is so thorough and it does not feel like you are watching some documentary about Hollywood. It feels more like you are watching a documentary about how the film industry has become dominated by a few and how the most successful people in Hollywood are their people and not those that work for Hollywood. And it is very interesting because you do not have to be a fan of Hollywood because the people that are making the film are also fans of the industry and they really get into the movie and you get involved with them as they talk about their experiences working in Hollywood. And it

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Lauren S.

This documentary is a lot of fun to watch. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Carl Sagan, or a fan of science. (Duh!) The film touches on many topics, such as the role of science in our lives and how a blind faith in it can destroy it. It's full of humor, and you'll find yourself saying "Wow, that was a really interesting documentary!" and "Oh, this is so cool." Watching this is a good way to get out of the "viewing the movie" mode. I wouldn't say that this is "great" documentary-making. It is enjoyable, but not great. I highly recommend it. 8/10 stars.

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Douglas George

I saw this film at a film festival, and was amazed at how much it affected me. It was so clear to me that something big was happening with the way the US is portrayed on screen. I was reminded of the powerful scene with the Dreamers in Pulp Fiction when O. J. Simpson is speaking to the crowd, but it was so obvious to me that he was only in it for the cameras. I also remember very clearly watching TV commercials in theaters for the first time. One was a commercial for Advil, and another was for Cherry Coke. I saw that for about ten minutes, and the effects of that were pretty powerful. I think that any American is automatically under the gun from television and movies, and I am not just talking about commercial commercials. I also saw ads for magazines like the New Yorker and Time magazine, which I consider a whole different form of propaganda. I have been afraid to go to see movies since I read an article about Visceral, and I was really scared to watch The Hunger Games for fear of what the directors were going to show. I had heard about this movie from a friend who recommended it, and I immediately went to see it, and I have not been this disappointed since. It is so obviously meant to be so different, and it was so heavy-handed, and so grim, and so full of propaganda. What was so frightening about the movie was that I thought I could tell what was going to happen to the main characters. I was dreading the worst. Then, I saw that there was so much information given to the audience on a summary page, and that the trailer was shown at the beginning, and the film felt as if I was having fun. But there was nothing fun about the film. It was depressing, and it was full of so much propaganda, and I was left with the feeling that I was not alone. I saw the movie thinking that it would be a great education for me. But it was not that. It was propaganda, plain and simple. I felt like I was watching a movie that my government was running. I have had to reevaluate my values of American society. This is so not how I think of America. If anything, I think America is becoming more like Nazi Germany, and this film does not show us how to make the American dream come true. It shows us how to avoid that. My guess is that this film is a propaganda machine. I am an American, and I don't want to see the government encouraging people to hate people. I don't want to be a part of the US government. I want to get away from it, because the government has the power, and it does not want to give it up. I think that the best thing to do is to avoid movies like this. I also know that some of the best movies have a message, and I think that the majority of the people don't want to hear one.