Djibril Diop Mambéty

Touki bouki

Touki bouki

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.


Touki Bouki was restored in 2008 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the family of Djibril Diop Mambéty. Restoration funded by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Museum Authority.

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Touki bouki
Cast
Magaye Niang
Mory
Mareme Niang
Anta
Aminata Fall
Aunt Oumy
Ousseynou Diop
Charlie
Credits
Director
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Written by
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Producer
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Director of photography
George Bracher
Editor
Siro Asteni
Costume and set design
Aziz Diop Mambéty
Assistant directors
Lamine Ba Carlos
Assistant directors
Ousmane Sow
Assistant producer
Medoune Faye
Assistant editor
Emma Mennenti
Set photographer
Aziz Diop Mambéty
Singers
Josephine Baker
Singers
Mado Robin
Singers
Aminata Fall

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Djibril Diop Mambety’s Senegalese masterwork is remarkable for both its technical audacity and its postcolonialist expressionism.

By Richard Porton

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Landmark Senegalese Cinema in Baltimore

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Landmark Senegalese Cinema in Baltimore
This Sunday afternoon, and again on Tuesday evening, Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty’s one-of-a-kind first feature, 1973’s Touki bouki, will screen at Baltimore’s long-shuttered Parkway Theatre, newly reopening for year-round program…