Mandabi

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.

Film Info

  • Ousmane Sembène
  • Senegal
  • 1968
  • 91 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French, Wolof
  • Spine #1065

Special Features

  • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by film scholar Aboubakar Sanogo
  • Conversation from 2020 with author and screenwriter Boubacar Boris Diop and sociologist and feminist activist Marie Angélique Savané
  • Praise Song, a new program about director Ousmane Sembène featuring outtakes from the 2015 documentary Sembène! of interviews with author and activist Angela Davis, musician Youssou N’Dour, filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara, and many others
  • Tauw, a 1970 short film by Sembène
  • New English subtitle translation by Sembène biographer Samba Gadjigo
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and scholar Tiana Reid and excerpts from a 1969 interview with Sembène

    New cover by Ify Chiejina

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Feb 16, 2021

Special Features

  • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by film scholar Aboubakar Sanogo
  • Conversation from 2020 with author and screenwriter Boubacar Boris Diop and sociologist and feminist activist Marie Angélique Savané
  • Praise Song, a new program about director Ousmane Sembène featuring outtakes from the 2015 documentary Sembène! of interviews with author and activist Angela Davis, musician Youssou N’Dour, filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara, and many others
  • Tauw, a 1970 short film by Sembène
  • New English subtitle translation by Sembène biographer Samba Gadjigo
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and scholar Tiana Reid and excerpts from a 1969 interview with Sembène

    New cover by Ify Chiejina
Mandabi
Cast
Makuredia Guey
Ibrahim Dieng
Yunus Ndiaye
Mety, the first wife
Isseu Niang
Aram, the second wife
Mustafa Ture
M’barka, the shopkeeper
Farba Sar
Mbaye Sarr, the business agent
Imam
Serene Ndiay
Thérèse Bas
Dieng’s sister
Mussa Diuf
Abdu, the nephew
Credits
Director
Ousmane Sembène
Written by
Ousmane Sembène
Producer
Robert de Nesle
Cinematographer
Paul Soulignac
Editor
Gilbert Kikoïne
Editor
Max Saldinger
Production manager
Jean Maumy
Production manager
Paul S. Vieyra