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Jom, The Story of a People

Jom, The Story of a People

Ababacar Samb Makharam - Sénégal


Khaly, the griot and embodiment of African memory, spans across eras to bear witness to resistance against oppression. This resistance encompasses the struggle between colonizers and the enslaved populace, masters and servants, and factory owners and laborers.

Film details

Duration : 80 min
Year of production : 1981
Country : Sénégal
Casting : Oumar Seck, Oumar Gueye, Amadou Lamine Camara, Dumi Sena, Fatou Sam Fall
Screenwriter : Ababacar Samb Makharam
Cinematography : Peter Chappel, Orlando Lopez
Editor : Alix Régis
Director : Ababacar Samb Makharam

Ababacar Samb Makharam

Born on October 21, 1934, in Dakar, Senegal, Ababacar SAMB Makharam was an actor (Theatre & Cinema), director, screenwriter, and producer (through his company Baobab Films). In 1955, he left his country and traveled to Paris, where he enrolled in the Centre d'Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche. During this time, he founded a theater troupe called "LES GRIOTS." In the realm of cinema, Ababacar SAMB appeared as an actor in numerous films, including John BERRY's "TAMANGO" and Claude Bernard AUBERT's "LES TRIPES AU SOLEIL." In 1958, he attended courses at the Experimental Film Center in Rome. Returning to Senegal in 1964, he worked at RADIO SÉNÉGAL and in Educational Television. In 1972, he became the Secretary-General of FEPACI (Pan African Federation of Filmmakers) until 1976 and was then elected President of the Associated Senegalese Filmmakers. In 1980-1981, he directed and produced "JOM."