10th Annual Sembene Film Festival

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Dear Sembène Family and Friends,

October 22nd launches our 10th annual film festival!  Our goals: 

 - 30 film & art events

 - A four-day residency with author and activist Herb Boyd  

 - Presenting 10 family-friendly films for kids, youth and their families

 - Year-long programming



 We're taking you to Senegal, Trinidad, South Africa, Haiti, Australia, and more!

This is our newest promo video 

Coming October 22nd! Sweet Country,  by Australian filmmakers Warwick Thornton and David Tratner, is based on the true tale of Willaberta Jack who, in the 1920s, was arrested and tried for the murder of a white man in Central Australia.  Check out the trailer Sweet Country 
The Agronomist screens 10/29 as Part 2 of Sneak Previews for the 10th Festival

Academy award-winner Johnathan Demme’s stunning portrait of Jean Leopold Dominique who, with Michèle Montas,  started Haiti's first independent radio station - Radio Haiti-Inter,  the station was also the first to broadcast in Haitian Creole, the language spoken by all Haitians.  He was assassinated on April 3, 2000, a crime for no one was prosecuted and another Radio Haiti-Inter employee was killed during this attack. 

Montas discussions the threats on her own life with Democracy Now 


The Agronomist 

Author and Activist Herb Boyd Joins the 10th Annual Sembene Film Festival in a 4-day Residency beginning November 7th!

Sembène’s Faat Kiné opens the 10th season with Q&A led by Author/ Activist Herb Boyd. 

Sembène looks at the relationship of gender, economics and power in the story of Faat-Kiné, who triumphs as a successful businesswoman and single mother in spite of being deceived and betrayed by three important men in her life:  her father who shunned her, her teacher who seduced her and abandoned her and her young daughter; and a local shyster, who swindles her out of her life savings. Here's the trailer 

Yusef Lateef:  The Gentle Giant

A book review and discussion on the autobiography of Jazz icon Yusef Lateef, a world-renown and major influence in Hard Bop, Be Bop, World Music and other genres; A Grammy Award-wining, multi-instrumentalist, composer, poet, educator, and visionary.  Herb Boyd, who co-wrote the book will give a talk, answer questions and lead the discussion.  


Black Panther: Paradigm Shift or Scam?  – A Collection of Reviews and Essays on a Blockbuster Film

Third World Press Foundation publisher Haki Madhubuti and author Herb Boyd have gathered an eclectic group of scholars, film scholars, filmmakers and activists to critically assess the cultural gains and pitfalls related to the release of the film.   Does the blockbuster movie stay true to T’Challa’s radical roots, and where does it stray? Has the grassroots movement for Afrofuturism been co-opted? How does the success of the film impact the future of black film making, if at all.  Herb Boyd, who co-edited the book, will lead the book review and discussion.


Every Cook Can Govern is the first feature length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidadian-born revolutionary C.L.R. James.  The film interweaves exclusive, never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James with unique testimony.  

The film’s unique production history – crowd-funded, crowd-featured and crowd-filmed with over 200 volunteer camera operators, presenters and researchers – does credit to James’ conviction that every cook can govern.  Herb Boyd Leads the Q&A.  Check out the trailer. 

The most stunning films from the African Diaspora

Where?  Alphabet City , 40 West North Avenue, 15212, on Pittsburgh's  North Side. 

All events are FREE.  RSVPs a must!   Get free tickets here .  

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