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Borom Sarret

Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Senegal, France
18 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Borom Sarret (SFF 2015) is Ousmane Sembène’s debut film, often hailed as one of the most significant short films ever made – and one that paved the way for African cinema.
Borom Sarret (Wolof name for “wagoner”) is the story of a poor cart driver who loses almost everything he owns in a single day. He offers people rides into town, and only sometimes do they pay him the fare. He gets confronted by a rich customer demanding to be taken to a suburb where horse driven carts are prohibited and inevitably the police stop him and confiscate his cart. This portrait of a working man recalls neorealist classics such as Bicycle Thieves and marked the arrival of a major new talent.
Mr. Sembène gives us a pointed and poignant view of the struggle for existence in Dakar's lower depths in the 19-minute Borom Sarret
A.H. Weiler, The New York Times
Borom Sarret is about a cartman, hard pressed for cash, who during a typical day makes no money, performs a few simply human services, worries about his horse, exhibits a callousness that seems quite reasonable and finally loses his cart after breaking a law left over from colonialism
Roger Ebert

'Borom Sarret' is screening with:

Black Girl
Sat 8 June, 12:45pm, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Program Strand
Ousmane Sembene Retrospective
Original Title
The Wagoner
Unclassified 15+
Senegal, France
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Ousmane Sembène
Ousmane Sembène
Ly Abdoulay, Albourah
Osumane Sembène
Christian Lacoste
André Gaudier
Africa, Cinephile, Retrospective
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