Ousmane SEMBÈNE Senegal 1968 91 min NC16 (Some Nudity)
A social satire about a jobless man in Senegal who receives an unexpected windfall that invites more trouble than he can manage.
Ibrahima is an unemployed man in Dakar with a large family. When he receives a money order for 25,000 francs from his Paris-based nephew, what seems to be a gift turns into a poisoned chalice as he becomes mired in a melange of bureaucratic hurdles, needy neighbours and thieving crooks.
Based on filmmaker Ousmane Sembène’s novella Le Mandat (1966), Mandabi is a caustically comedic tale, whose simple narrative belies a layered critique on structural inequality and systemic corruption in postcolonial Senegal. The film is also notable for being the first made in the Wolof language.
7 Dec, Thu 9:00PM / 91 min
AT THE FEST!
Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis.
All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.
Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!
NC16 (Some Nudity)
Ousmane SEMBÈNE was a pioneering Senegalese director, producer and novelist. Mandabi won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice, following Black Girl (1966), which clinched the Jean Vigo Prize, while his final film Moolaadé (2003) won Cannes’ Prix Un Certain Regard. Sembène died in 2007.
Robert DE NESLE