Mandabi (Le Mandat) + Q&A 1968
Ousmane Sembène / 92 mins / Wolof, French / Rating 12
Shot primarily in Wolof, this second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first ever made in an African language—a major step toward the realisation of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for the inhabitants of his home continent.
After unemployed Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbours, who flock to him for loans even as his attempts to cash the order are stymied in a maze of bureaucratic obstacles. Unfortunately, he has no identity card which will enable him to cash the check. All part of his nephew's plan to avoid paying a long-standing debt. One of Sembène’s funniest 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.
The in-person screening will be followed by a Q&A in partnership with Black Professionals Scotland. The guest speakers will be Enoch Adeyemi (ACCA) and Stephen Babatunde (CeMAP) in conversation with Africa in Motion festival director Liz Chege.
Wednesday 16th November 2022 / 6pm for 4 days / Online
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About the director
Ousmane Sembène is considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers. Sembène’s mastery and originality served as an inspiration for later filmmakers. As an author concerned with social change, Sembène wished to touch a wide audience. He realized that his written works would reach only the cultural elites, but that films could reach a much broader African audience. Recurrent themes of Sembène's films are the history of colonialism, the failings of religion, the critique of the new African bourgeoisie, and the strength of African women. He won prizes at the Venice Film Festival in 1968 (for “Mandabi”) and 1988 (for “Camp de Thiaroye”), and at Cannes in 2004 (for “Moolaadé).