Sembène Film Festival: The Last of the Blue DevilsThursday, November 14, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a screening of The Last of the Blue Devils presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival. This is the first program of a four night festival held downstairs in our intimate Word Cellar.
Nick-named The Kansas City Jazz Story, this legendary 1979 documentary was made at two musical gatherings in old Kansas City, and consists largely of impromptu musical performances by Big Joe Turner, Count Bassie, Jay McShann, Jimmy Forrest, and Ernie Williams, among others, in various combinations. Throughout is the Kansas City sound: cool and relaxed, blues meeting swing, an afterbeat that calls for dancing.
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 Sembène, 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 Sembène and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.