Borom Sarret (1963)

Spare masterpiece of protest against economic exploitation. Depicts the typical daily encounters of a cart driver in Dakar, Senegal. In French with English subtitles. 16mm. Black and white. 20 minutes.


Won First Prize at the Tours Film Festival (France)

Critical Works

Dahlberg, Andrea. “Film as a Catalyst for Social Change: Ousmane Sembene’s Borom Sarat.” Bright Lights Film Journal (Nov. 2003).

Langford, Rachael. “Locating Colonisation and Globalisation in Francophone African Film and Literature: Spatial Relations in Borom Sarret (1963), La Noire de ... (1965) and Cinéma (1997).” French Cultural Studies (Feb. 2005): 91-104.

Scheinfeigel, M. "Borom Sarret: La fiction documentaire." Cinémaction 34 (1985): 32-34.

Scheinfeigel, M. "Borom Sarret, un film de Ousmane Sembene- Découpage intégral et dialogues." L'Avant-Scene 229 (1979): 35-42.

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