• Senegal
  • 1973
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Wolof
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  • Spine #685

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made.

Credits

DirectorDjibril Diop Mambéty
Written byDjibril Diop Mambéty
ProducerDjibril Diop Mambéty
Director of photographyGeorge Bracher
EditorSiro Asteni
Costume and set designAziz Diop Mambéty
Assistant directorsLamine Ba Carlos and Ousmane Sow
Assistant producerMedoune Faye
Assistant editorEmma Mennenti
Set photographerAziz Diop Mambéty
SingersJosephine Baker, Mado Robin and Aminata Fall

Film Essays

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Touki bouki: Mambéty and Modernity

By Richard Porton December 10, 2013

Djibril Diop Mambe?ty’s Senegalese masterwork is remarkable for both its technical audacity and its postcolonialist expressionism. Read more »


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Touki bouki: Mambéty and Modernity

By Richard Porton December 10, 2013

Djibril Diop Mambe?ty’s Senegalese masterwork is remarkable for both its technical audacity and its postcolonialist expressionism. Read more »


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World Cinema Project: Recalled to Life

By Kent Jones December 09, 2013

The critic and WCP executive director offers a personal take on art cinema and a primer on the project’s scope and mission. Read more »

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