Sembène Film Festival: Faat Kiné

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-11-07 7 p.m. 2018-11-07 9:30 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Faat Kiné 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

(Run time 121 minutes. Presented in French and Wolof with English Subtitles.)

Join us for a screening of Faat Kiné followed by a Q&A discussion with Herb Boyd, presented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival

*(This program will be held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar room.)


“Faat Kiné marks a milestone in its director’s relentless struggle to create restorative images of Africa and to promote a new film language… A folktale masterfully oscillating between past, present and future.”  – Samba Gadjigo, Official Biographer of Ousmane Sembène

Faat Kiné is, from its first shot to its surprising last, Sembène’s tribute to what he calls the “everyday heroism of African women.”  In the opening frame, a procession of traditionally dressed women winds its way majestically through the hectic heart of modern Dakar. Faat Kiné lets them pass and drives on as she carries their story into the present. Sembène has said: “Africa’s society and economy are held together today by women. But how can women have these responsibilities and yet be denied the same privileges as men?”

Sembène looks at the relationship of gender, economics and power in the story of Faat-Kiné, who triumphs as a successful businesswoman and single mother in spite of being deceived and betrayed by three important men in her life:  her father who shunned her, her teacher who seduced her and abandoned her and her young daughter; and a local shyster, who swindles her out of her life savings.


Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.

The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.

Event Details

November 7, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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