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Mandabi - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang
Director: Ousmane Sembène
Plot Synopsis:

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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: February 16th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1968
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:91 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:Wolof & French: LPCM Mono
    Special Features:
    • Introduction by film scholar Aboubakar Sanogo
    • Conversation from 2020 with author and screenwriter Boubacar Boris Diop and Marie Angélique Savané
    • Praise Song Featurette
    • Tauw, a 1970 short film by Sembène
    • PLUS: An essay by critic and scholar Tiana Reid and excerpts from a 1969 interview with Sembène
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