Borom Sarret

Dir. Ousmane Sembène

France-Senegal 1963 | Black & White | 18 mins

One of the continent’s most significant directors, Sembène is a radical political artist who uses film to contribute to progressive social change. His first film uses a mixture of documentary techniques and fiction to tell the story of a young cart-driver in Dakar who is robbed by a succession of dishonest passengers, and ends up having his cart confiscated by the police, losing with it not only his means of livelihood but his sole claim to self-respect in an exploited and poverty-ridden community.

Available on: 35mm


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