Tauw (2160x1023)
Tauw (2160x1023)
Tauw (1970) © National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

Presented by ACMI in association with the Sydney Film Festival


Ousmane Sembène | Senegal, USA | 1970 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 20 Jun 2024

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A special free screening of Ousmane Sembène’s short film about Senegalese youth navigating a changing society.

One of Sembène’s early short films, Tauw tells the story of two brothers in the generation after independence. Tauw, an unemployed 20-year-old, must deal with a stifled job market in urban Senegal, while 11-year-old Ouman must confront the contradictions of his religious instruction.

Tauw dramatises how unprepared the brothers are to face the realities presented by a changing society. Although the story is a simple one, it is forcefully drawn and utterly poignant.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Format: Digital
Language: Wolof, French & Arabic with English subtitles
Source: Janus Films
Courtesy: National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
Runtime: 24 mins

Event duration

24 mins


Unclassified (15+)

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


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