Mambéty and His Films
These three short documentaries, each made in relation to one of his films, reveal Djibril Diop Mambéty as both filmmaker and man through interviews and reflections by his friends, family, and colleagues; readings from his writing; and clips from his films. The “deeply moving” Mambéty, made while the filmmaker shot The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, includes his reflections on the art of filmmaking. Fusing documentary and fantasy, Mati Diop’s noted featurette looks back at her uncle’s Touki Bouki, through a portrait of its lead actor Magaye Niang reconstructing Mambéty’s life. “Nothing is true and nothing is false in my film,” Diop stated. “The friction and two-way shuttling between reality and myth is the main subject.” Ninki Nanka, The Prince of Colobane was made by Laurence Gavron during the filming of Mambéty’s last feature, Hyenas. In this documentary, the filmmaker’s family and friends speak with insight about him alongside clips from many of his films.
Films in this Screening
Papa Madièye Mbaye, Senegal, 2002
A Thousand Suns
Mati Diop, France, Senegal, 2013
Ninki Nanka, The Prince of Colobane
Laurence Gavron, Senegal, 1991