Mandabi - available soon for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

Jan 22 to Mar 31

Ousmane Sembene - 1968 - 91m - Senegal

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This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. One of Sembène’s most coruscatingly funny and indignant films, Mandabi—an adaptation of a novella by the director himself—is a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty.

"Momentously beautiful ... simple, comic, heartbreaking." - Joseph Morgenstern, Newsweek

"A richly comic and multi-textual first cousin to Bicycle Thieves." – J. Hoberman

"A first rate film. We see a total Africa - the old which has been made a victim, and the victim beginning to fight back." - Julius Lester, Evergreen Review

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