Jom, The Story of a People

Director: Ababacar Samb-Makharam
Country: Senegal
Year: 1982
Running Time: 80 min
Language: Wolof

Senegalese filmmaker Ababacar Samb says, “Jom is a Wolof word which has no equivalent in English or French, Jom means courage, dignity, respect… It is the origin of all virtues.”

To celebrate the concept, Samb uses the griot as the nexus of multiple stories and Senegal’s collective memory. To inspire striking workers, the griot tells of a legendary prince, Dieri Dior Ndella, who sacrificed his life during colonialism, and Koura Thiaw, an entertainer who took up the cause of oppressed domestics in the 1940s, both becoming heroes to their people.

About the Director

Ababacar Samb-Makharam

Biography: Ababacar Samb-Makharam, director of Jom, The Story of a People, was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1934 and trained as an actor at the Centre d’Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche in Paris. From 1959 to 1962 he studied filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome, after which he returned to France and worked as an assistant director in television. On returning to Senegal, Samb worked as a cameraman for Senegalese TV news. In 1965 he made his first film, Et la neige n’etait plus / There Was No Longer Snow, followed by Kodou (1971). Samb served as the Secretary General of the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) from 1971 to 1977.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Jom, the Story of a People (1993; 1994).

Filmography:
Et la neige n’etait plus / There Was No Longer Snow (1966);
Kodou (1970);
Jom, the Story of a People (1982).