OUSMANE WILLIAM MBAYE, DIRECTOR OF KEMTIYU

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June 23, 2017

Ousmane William Mbaye was awarded the EU / ACP prize at FESPACO 2017. Thanks to this award, he was invited to Cannes to promote his film and organize a market screening, which was decisive for the sale of his film.

William speaks of the reasons which led him to study the figure of Cheik Anta Diop and his impressions in Cannes.

 

Kemtiyu, William Ousmane Mbaye (Senegal)

“The Giant of Knowledge”, “The Last Pharaoh”. These were the headlines, the day after his death on February 7, 1986. Thirty years later, Kemtiyu paints a portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop, a man who fought his whole life in order to restore historical awareness and dignity to Africa. In 1954, he published “Nations Nègres et Culture”, a cult book which revolutionized the view of the origin of civilizations by declaring that Africa is the cradle of humanity, the Egypt of the Pharaohs was Black, and that history has been altered.

 

Ousmane William Mbaye
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