World Premieres at the Daniel Sorano National Theatre, Dakar (by invitation)
Kemtiyu -Séex Anta is a portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop, a character who has several facets: a man rooted in his culture, a researcher to whom was initially denied writing his thesis (at the Sorbonne), a man of science who (re) discovered that the civilization of ancient Egypt is negro, a policy that creates an opposition parties (each dissolved by Senghor).
Cheikh Anta Diop died in 1986 at the age of 63, “without being a prophet home,” without seeing the United States of Africa, without living the development of national languages. Yet it was he who conceptualized the slogan “BLACK RENAISSANCE” as the support of Pan-Africanism. Many young Africans lay claim to Cheikh Anta Diop, without knowing him. The film reveals the scientist he was (his theories and studies, his laboratory at IFAN in Dakar and some of his many lectures), his political program through his call for a federal state “of the United States Africa” and his struggle against the negritude of Senghor. It shows how his only ambition was only to return to the African his dignity. These are the ambitions of the film “Kemtiyuu” by Ousmane William Mbaye, which he co-produced with Laurence Attali (also editor of the film).
Besides Cheikh Anta Diop, there are (in order of appearance) Louise Marie Diop Maes (his widow, who died this March 4, at the age of 90 and buried in Senegal), Moustapha Diop Mame Sow DIOUF, Annette Mbaye d’ERNEVILLE Christiane Yandé Diop, Boubacar Boris Diop, Dr SY Yoro, Joe OUAKAM Randy WESTON, Assane Seck, Maurice Caveing Edward EDELMANN, Dialo Diop, Cheikh Mbacke DIOP, S. Massamba Diop, A Ndakhté . MBAYE, Abdou Diouf, Amadou Mahtar MBOW Theophilus OBENGA, Alain Froment, Michel REINETTE, Charles S. FINCH, Andrew Young, Lawrence E. CARTER, Boubacar Buuba Diop.
Through his remarkable documentary portraits (Mère-bi ou récemment Président Dia), Ousmane William Mbaye contributes significantly to building a national and also world history, always humbly at the level of man (and woman).
The World Premiere of the feature documentary Kemtiyu -Séex Anta held Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Theatre Daniel Sorano (Dakar), at 18h. Senegal has contributed to the support of the film, to the tune of 100 million CFA francs (152,500 euros), through its Fonds de Promotion de l’Industrie Cinématographique et Audiovisuelle (FOPICA) established in 2002 and in operation since 2014. The film also benefited from the aid of the Fonds Image de la Francophonie (OIF) to the tune of € 15,000.
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Image Credit: Films Mame Yandé (Dakar) & Autoproduction (Paris).