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Mandabi

Directed by Ousmane Sembène
1968
Senegal
91 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The ‘father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène’s scathing social satire about the effect of post-colonialism on Senegalese living is given new life in this meticulous restoration.
The first feature film in an African language, Mandabi marked a major step towards authentic cinema from the region. Unemployed Ibrahima Dieng leads a listless life in a village outside Dakar, Senegal. Hope comes in the form of a money order from his nephew in France. He is soon overwhelmed by loan requests from neighbours while struggling to cash it in a system that won't serve him without an ID. And to get the precious ID, Ibrahima must navigate a virtually impenetrable bureaucracy, having to pay bribes along the way. Sembène sets his sights on a newly independent African state plagued by corruption, greed and poverty. This vibrant 4K restoration is a rare opportunity to experience an African cinematic marvel.
This is gentle, walking-pace cinema that leads us by the hand from vignette to vignette, from scene to scene, presented to us with ingenuous simplicity and calm.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Ousmane Sembène’s simple story of a man wrestling with a money order emerges as a magnificent parable.
Kaleem Aftab, BFI

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Sun 7 Nov
3:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Classics Restored
Year
1968
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Senegal
Language
In Wolof and French with English subtitles
Director
Ousmane Sembène
Producer
Robert de Nesle
Cast
Makuredia Guey, Yunus Ndiay, Isseu Niang
Screenwriter
Ousmane Sembène
Cinematographer
Paul Soulignac
Editor
Gilbert Kikoïne, Max Saldinger
Genre
Africa, Cinephile, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: StudioCanal
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