Historical / 22m / Short / Documentary
Afrique sur Seine is hailed as the first film made by Africans south of the Sahara. Made by two Senegalese filmmakers who were unable to shoot in Africa, it takes the spectator on a disconcerting tour through the centre of Paris, observing French society in the same way that French filmmakers had made ethnographic films about Africa. Africans had so often been portrayed as the exotic ‘other’, yet here they are the protagonists, reversing the colonial gaze.
Directed by Mamadou Sarr, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra