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Senegalese Newsreels 1966–1976

Introduced by Aboubakar Sanogo, African Film Heritage Project

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Film scholar and preservationist Aboubakar Sanogo introduces this program of rediscovered newsreels produced after Senegal attained independence in 1960.

In 2017, the abandoned former Ministry of Information building in Dakar housed an unexpected discovery: forgotten, vintage newsreels from the early years of the Republic of Senegal. Made by individuals who helped shape the future of Senegalese and African cinema, they serve as an important historical record of the newly independent country. Featured in the reels are preparations for the first World Festival of Black Arts, an event that marked Dakar as postcolonial Africa’s cultural capital and introduced a global audience to African film, dance, music, visual art, and more. Additionally, there are two reels about the acclaimed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, whose films are featured twice during Cinema Revival. In French with English subtitles. (79 mins., DCP)

Program lineup

“Le Sénegal et le Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres” 
(“Senegal and the World Festival of Black Arts,” Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, 1966, Senegal)

“IFE/3Ème Festival des Arts” 
(“IFE/3rd Arts Festival,” Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, 1971, Senegal)

“Sénégal an XVI” 
(“Senegal Year XVI,” Babacar Gueye and Orlando Lopez, 1976, Senegal)

“Voyage aux Antilles du Président Senghor” 
(“A Trip with President Senghor to the Antilles,” Georges Caristan, 1976, Senegal)

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Senegalese Newsreels 1966–1976, courtesy of the Film Foundation.

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About the speaker

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Aboubakar Sanogo is the North American Regional Secretary for the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), Africa’s most important filmmakers organization. He is currently working on the African Film Heritage Project (AFHP), a partnership between FEPACI, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, and UNESCO, which seeks to preserve and restore significant African films. He is an associate professor in film studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. 

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in collaboration with the Ministère de la Culture et du Patrimoine Historique de Senegal – Direction du Cinéma. Restoration funded by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. 

This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, an initiative created by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO―in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna―to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema.

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
CampusParc 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Mike and Paige Crane 
Axium Packaging 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate

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