Ousmane Sembene, Cinema Legend, Dies

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Death Of A Legend

The Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, regarded as one of the
pioneers of African cinema, died this weekend at his home in Dakar at
the age of 84, his friends and family said Sunday.

He had been ill since December. Born into a fisherman's family in the
southern region of Casamance in 1923 he began his film-making career in
1963 with "Borom sarret," a short black and white production which
tells the story of a poor cart-driver.

In all he made some 10 films. His first full-length film, "The Black
Girl from..." is seen as Africa's first full-length feature. He won two
prizes at the Venice Film Festival, in 1968 and in 1988.

He was also a prolific writer and a co-founder of the Panafrican
festival of film and television of Ouagadougou held every two years.
His funeral is due to take place Monday.

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