NYU Paris Professor Valérie Berty Presents Her Book on Sembène Ousmane

On April 1, NYU Paris hosted an event featuring one of its professors, Valérie Berty. Professor Berty presented her book Sembène Ousmane (1923-2007): Un homme debout. Sembène Ousmane was a Senegalese film director, producer and writer. He was considered one of the greatest authors of Africa and he has often been called the “father of African film”. The program also included a screening of Sembène Ousmane’s first movie Borom Sarret (18mn) introduced by journalist and African cinema specialist Catherine Ruelle and by Alain Sembène. After the screening there was a panel discussion with Valérie Berty moderated by Elisabeth Molkou (New York University Paris) with  Marc Cerisuelo (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée) and Boniface Mongo-Mboussa (writer and literary critic). It was a lively and informative evening.