(The Money Order)
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Mamadou Guye, Ynousse N’Diaye, Issa Niang, Serigne N’Diayes,
Sembène’s second feature is a folk comedy set in contemporary Dakar. Ibrahima Dieng (Mamadou Guye) is a middle-aged Muslim man with two wives and seven children. One day he receives a money order from his nephew in Paris, with specific instructions for the division and use of the funds. However, news of the money order spreads quickly through the neighborhood, and soon Ibrahima’s home is filled with interested parties. Before he can collect the cash, Ibrahima is forced to wade through many layers of bureaucratic red tape. “Sembène’s approach is spare, laconic, slightly ironic, and never patronizing” (Roger Greenspun, New York Times). Mandabi is Sembène’s first film shot in Wolof, the mother tongue of the majority of Senegalese. This choice encouraged other African filmmakers to work with local vernacular languages as distinct from French or other languages brought to Africa by former colonial rulers. The film received the International Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
- Ousmane Sembène
- Paul Soulignac
- with English subtitles
- 90 mins
- In memory of Albert Johnson
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Ousmane Sembène: Pioneer of African cinema (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, Susan Oxtoby, 2002
Ousmane Sembene -- The father (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2001
Mandabi (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995
Mandabi (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Laurence Kardish, 1978
The money order (review), Other Cinema, The, 1975
Mandabi: Confronting Africa (book excerpt), Grove Press International Film Festival, Julius Lester, 1973
Ousmane Sembene -- Mandabi (article), Faux Raccord, Julius Lester, 1970
The money order (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1969
Mandabi (program note), New York Film Festival, 1969
The films of Ousmane Sembene (program note), Pacific Film Archive
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