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This is a new media artwork by Mala Kumar, commissioned by Museum of the Moving Image through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Media Arts Program).

Advertisement for the New Yorker Theatre (New York, New York), 1969


If you peer closely at this advertisement, you may spot a photograph of Ousmane Sembène amongst the portraits of mostly white male European arthouse film directors. His 1966 film "Black Girl" was the first feature film ever released by a sub-Saharan African director, and his work directly addressed the reverberations of economic and racial oppression wrought by colonialism in Africa and Europe. 

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Additional Notes

"Let's be very clear, Europe is not my center. Europe is on the outskirts. Why be a sunflower and turn towards the sun? I myself am the sun!" –Ousmane Sembène, Camera d'Afrique (1983) dir. Ferid Boughedir.

Further watching

Black Girl (1966) dir. Ousmane Sembene
Camera d'Afrique (1983) dir. Ferid Boughedir