Borom Sarret (2160x1023)
Borom Sarret (1963) © Filmi Domirev

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Borom Sarret

Ousmane Sembène | Senegal | 1963 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 13 Jun 2024

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Ousmane Sembène’s debut film is 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.

Ousmane Sembène’s portrait of a working man recalls neorealist classics such as Bicycle Thieves and marked the arrival of a major new talent.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Janus Films
Courtesy: Janus Films
Runtime: 20 mins

Event duration

20 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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