Sembene! – [framed] Documentary Film Series

November 30, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Next Stage
15 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Next Stage
Sembene! - [framed] Documentary Film Series @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

The documentary series [framed] continues at Next Stage in Putney on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm with Sembene! It is written, directed and produced by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman.

“Whether it’s DeMille, Hitchcock, the Senegalese filmmaker Sembene …

we’re all walking in their footsteps every day…”

– Martin Scorsese

In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. SEMBENE! tells the unbelievable true story of the self-taught “father of African cinema,” who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa. SEMBENE! uses rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials to craft a true-life epic, as an ordinary man transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalized. After becoming a hero to millions, Sembene suffers a startling fall from grace. Can Africa’s storyteller reinvent himself once more?

[framed] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival former director Nancy Schafer, of a new series of feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont. [framed] completed its highly successful first series of 6 films in the fall of 2016, and returns by popular acclaim! The current series of films will run on the last Thursday of each month through March 2018. Subsequent titles in the series TBA.

Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festival’s executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.

The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors.

The newly-renovated Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT in the village center. The landmarked building was constructed in 1841, and is now fully accessible with an elevator and hearing assist system. Next Stage has been recognized nationally, including receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.

Individual event tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Available online at

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