SEMBENE!

a documentary film

SEMBENE! Still needs your help!

As we move into the final day of our Kickstarter Campaign, we want to express how grateful we are to everyone who has been able to contribute monetarily, as well as to the people who are simply sincere fans, supporting us through their excitement and desire to see this film.

Jason, Samba, Fatoumatah Coulibaly (the star of Sembene's most famous movie, Moolaade) and Makhette Diallo, a long-time Sembene collaborator, in Soudiane, Senegal. We just took Sembene's films into a remote area to show them in villages to people who had never seen a film before. Now we want to take the story of Sembéne everywhere!

Jason, Samba, Fatoumatah Coulibaly (the star of Sembene's most famous movie, Moolaade) and Makhette Diallo, a long-time Sembene collaborator, in Soudiane, Senegal. We just took Sembene's films into a remote area to show them in villages to people who had never seen a film before. Now we want to take the story of Sembéne everywhere!

We have been making this film at our kitchen tables for these many years--working on a volunteer basis, at times putting our personal lives on hold, investing our personal savings--and each moment cherishing what it is we believe to be true: Sembéne’s stories need to be heard. Sembéne’s story needs to be told.

So in these final days we ask you to help us make our STRETCH goal. This above-and-beyond goal of $35,000 will allow us to do some things we might not be able to otherwise. For example, it will allow us to polish this brilliant diamond a little more--spending a bit extra on the sound mix, the animation, etc.--and to hire the best publicist for the film at Sundance, giving us a better shot at spreading Sembéne's genius far and wide.