Sembene! tells the unbelievable true story of the father of African cinema, the self- taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a 50-year battle to return African stories to Africans.

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Executive Producer

Jenifer Westphal

Sembene! was the very first doc I ever supported — I finished the kickstarter they needed to get themselves to Sundance. The passion of Samba and Jason in telling this story continues to be infectious, and I’m very proud to be part of such an important film.


Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman


Golden Eye; Golden Camera – Cannes Film Festival nominee; Prix Jeunesse – Les Escales Documentaires de Libreville; Best Documentary – Emerge Film Festival; Best Documentary – Luxor African Film Festival


Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Flm Festival, Sydney Film Festival