A South African film production company has expressed its desire to make the film ”Samory ”, a feature film by Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene which had remained in draft form until his death in 2007, said a former employee of filmmaker on Wednesday.
”I was contacted by a South African film production company that would complete the project Samory. Not being a Sembène I passed on the request at his family for possible negotiations, ” stated Samba Gadjigo reporters.
Mr. Gadjigo, a Senegalese academic operating in the United States and close to Sembène during his lifetime, was speaking at the end of the documentary film ” SEMBENE ”, of which he is the director.
“Samory” is the title of a film project portrait of Emperor Samory Toure, which Ousmane Sembène was unable to shoot no thanks to lack ofl means and time. It is a historical film which was to return to the saga of this emperor and resistant to colonialism.
The film, written in 1980 had to do twice 3 hours and produced in TV version.
”Ousmane Sembene is a common heritage. I think he is one of the most important artists of the century not only African but worldwide. Today, there is a renewed interest on Ousmane Sembène in the United States of America that theses are being written in several American universities,” said Mr. Gadjigo.
He thus expressed the need to digitise the archives and documents of Sembène Ousmane and make them available to the world.