The genesis of Black African cinema can be traced to this short, stark masterpiece that chronicles a day in the life of a Dakar cart-driver. The frustrating day of this “borom sarret” (a Wolof expression for cart-driver) leaves him cheated out of his wages and deprived of his cart. In this striking evocative film with urban details, Sembène conveys the toll of natural loss, poverty, and the stain of European colonization on Africa.
Director: Ousmane Sembene. AKA The Wagoner.
Writer: Ousmane Sembene.
Stars: Ly Abdoulay, Albourah.
Cinematographer: Christian Lacoste.
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