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MANDABI NEW 4K RESTORATION

In MANDABI, the great Senegalese novelist and “father of African film” Ousmane Sembène’s second film (after Black Girl), an illiterate, unemployed man (Ibrahima Dieng) suddenly gets a windfall: a money order from his street sweeper nephew in France for 20,000 francs (roughly $100). But as friends, relations and debtors close in, he finds he can’t cash it without an identity card, which requires proof of birth, which… Sembène’s first color film, adapted from his own novella – and the first ever film shot in the Wolof language – is a darkly humorous satire of Kafkaesque bureaucracy and corruption, as Dieng concludes “honesty is a sin in this country.” 


Mandabi (1968)

Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang
Language: Wolof and French, with English subtitles
Runtime: 91 min
Distributor: Janus Films


Opens on Friday, January 15th in virtual cinema with Film Forum

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