Paulin Soumanou Vieyra
Stéphane Vieyra in Person
Benin-born, Senegal-raised filmmaker, theorist, and historian Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was a key figure, as both practitioner and thinker, in the creation and articulation of what a post-colonial African cinema would and could be. Along with producing essential texts like “Film and the Problem of Languages in Africa“ and “Remarks on African Cinema,” founding the important Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes, and mentoring the likes of Ousmane Sembène, Djibril Diop Mambéty, and Ababacar Samb-Makharam, Vieyra turned out a vital body of film work, documenting the birth of a new continental consciousness. “Those years of growing awareness were also years of ember… Africa was looking ahead… Witness to such key moments, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra filmed everything… day and night.”—Ousmane Sembène
Special thanks to the Institut Français and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Lamb and Afrique sur Seine are screening in new 2k restorations. Photo of Vieyra by Cathy Chamorey.