Country:Senegal 2016
Aspect ratio:16:9
Colour:Colour and b/w
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:94 Minutes
Film series:15. Afrika Film Festival

Director :Mbaye, Ousmane William
Screenplay:Mbaye, Ousmane William
Editing:Attali, Laurence
Music:Weston, Randy
Sound:Rene, Myriam
 Tsigali, Michel


“The Universal Man”, “The Giant of Knowledge”, “The Last Pharaoh” – these were the headlines on 7 February 1986, the day on which Cheikh Anta Diop died. Diop was one of West Africa’s most important intellectuals, and the university in the Senegalese capital Dakar was named after him. Thirty years later, KEMTIYU paints a portrait of the “trail-blazing scholar”, who provided evidence of the advanced civilisation in Ancient Egypt having been founded by Black Africans, and who was thus venerated by some (in Africa), decried by others (in Europe), and unknown to most. This film hopes to change that and tells the story of a man who spent his entire life fighting the racial prejudices of European scholars and politicians, crusading for greater recognition of African history and culture, and fighting for his continent’s dignity.
The film won the Best Documentary award at this year’s FESPACO in Ouagadougou. FilmInitiativ’s screening of the film carries on the work of the “Fake Democracy” DialogFORUM at the africologneFESTIVAL in June 2017, which – with references to Cheikh Anta Diop – explored African identity and self-assertion.

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