Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – Senegal

Movies that have been filmed in Senegal include the Southern Star, Ndeysaan, Petite lumiŤre and Tableau ferraille

Books about West Africa and Senegal include West Africa: an Introduction to its History by Michael Crowder; A History of West Africa, 1000-1800 by Basil Davidson; West Africa Since 1800 by JB Webster and AA Boahen; Topics of West African History by Adu Boahen; The Seeds of Famine: Ecological Destruction & the Development Dilemma in the West African Sahel; Africa South of the Sahara and the Resource Guide to Travel in Sub-Saharan Africa, Vol 1; and French Lessons in Africa, Travels with my Briefcase Through French Africa, by Peter Biddlecombe.

Sembene Ousmane is Senegalís foremost novelist and filmmaker and is regarded as the father of sub-Saharan African cinema. His books include Godís Bit of Wood and The Black Docker. La Noire de Ö [black girl] was the first feature ever produced by an African filmmaker and won a prize at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. His other films include Mandabi, Xala, Ceddo Guelwaar, and Samori. Some of his films have been temporarily banned or censored in Senegal because parts of them were deemed offensive to government standards.

Other noted Senegalese include the poet Leopold Sedar Senghor, who also served as Senegal's president from 1960 to 1981, and the musicians Youssou N'Dour and Baaba Maal. Cheikh Anta Diop, the noted intellectual and archaeologist, was also born in Senegal.