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Ousmane Sembène

1923 - 2007

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Ousmane Sembène (French: [usman sɑ̃bɛn]; 1 January 1923 or 8 January 1923 – 9 June 2007), often credited in the French style as Sembène Ousmane in articles and reference works, was a Senegalese film director, producer and writer. The Los Angeles Times considered him one of the greatest authors of Africa and he has often been called the "father of African film". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ousmane Sembène has received more than 372,693 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Ousmane Sembène is the 284th most popular film director (up from 292nd in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Senegal (down from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Senegalese Film Director.

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Among film directors, Ousmane Sembène ranks 284 out of 1,581Before him are Paul Schrader, Otar Iosseliani, Steven Soderbergh, Roger Corman, Rouben Mamoulian, and William Kennedy Dickson. After him are Darren Aronofsky, Michael Bay, Germaine Dulac, Ruggero Deodato, Yuen Woo-ping, and Garry Marshall.

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Among people born in 1923, Ousmane Sembène ranks 82Before him are Koji Miyata, Antony Flew, Valentina Cortese, Albert King, Aaron Spelling, and Yelena Bonner. After him are Agatha Barbara, Otfried Preußler, Lucía Hiriart, Bettie Page, Yaşar Kemal, and Bob Dole. Among people deceased in 2007, Ousmane Sembène ranks 75Before him are Yvonne De Carlo, Rudolf Arnheim, Kiichi Miyazawa, Al Oerter, Khun Sa, and Vilma Espín. After him are István Sándorfi, Jaan Kross, Gianfranco Ferré, Sri Chinmoy, Nobuo Matsunaga, and Raul Hilberg.

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In Senegal

Among people born in Senegal, Ousmane Sembène ranks 8 out of 114Before him are Jean-Pierre Adams (1948), Abdoulaye Wade (1926), Abdou Diouf (1935), Ségolène Royal (1953), Lamine Diack (1933), and Macky Sall (1961). After him are Youssou N'Dour (1959), Patrick Vieira (1976), Cheikh Anta Diop (1923), Patrice Evra (1981), Sadio Mané (1992), and Mariama Bâ (1929).


Among film directors born in Senegal, Ousmane Sembène ranks 1After him are Safi Faye (1943).