Cannes: Kino Lorber Takes Doc 'Sambene!' for U.S.

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Ousmane Sambene

The film about producer and director Ousmane Sambene, considered to be the father of African cinema, is screening in Cannes Classics.

Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Sembene!, a documentary about the life and legacy of film director, producer and writer Ousmane Sembene, who is widely considered to be the father of African cinema.

The film, which will screen in the Cannes Classics sidebar, was co-directed by Samba Gadjigo, author of Sembene's official biography, Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist, and Jason Silverman, the Cinematheque director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The distributor is planning a fall theatrical release in conjunction with al festival engagements, with digital and home media release scheduled for 2016. 

The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and, on behalf of the filmmakers, Andrew Herwitz, president of the Film Sales Company, and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners. The Film Sales Company is also handling worldwide rights on the film.