'Sembene!' Documentary On 'Father Of African Cinema' Acquired By Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber acquires all U.S. rights to 'Sembene!,' a new documentary on the 'Father of African Cinema.'

Sembene! is a new documentary on the life and legacy of the Senegalese director, producer and writer widely regarded as the 'Father of African Cinema,' Ousmane Sembene. Co-written/directed by Senegalese-born Sembene biographer Samba Gadjigo (Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist) and Jason Silverman (Olympia, Shameless), the film had its world premiere in January at Sundance. At the time, Vulture wrote that "no film demonstrated the power of cinema more resonantly than Sembene!" According to Silverman, “Sembene set out to make movies to shape a new Africa," he told Vulture's Bilge Ebire. "We wanted to ask, 'How effective was he?' Well, here you are with his storyteller, whose life was changed by his films. Samba is evidence that storytelling does matter. But now, we have to ask ourselves, 'How can we make this film matter?' How can we find the next 17-year-old boy who will be inspired by Sembene's work?"

Ahead of the film's international premiere last week at Cannes, Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Sembene!. The independent art house distributor is planning a fall theatrical release for the film, in conjunction with key national festival engagements. Digital and home media releases are scheduled for 2016. "Much more than a biopic about a great filmmaker, Sembene becomes larger than life on screen as a political and cultural change agent of enduring importance," Kino Lorber's CEO Richard Lorber said in a press statement. "We are exhilarated to have the opportunity to introduce his work (and the man) to much wider audiences than have up to now followed his films."

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video)

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