(The Money Order)

Ousmane Sembene in Person May 3
Screening on Film
Directed by Ousmane Sembene.
With Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N’diaye, Isseu Niang.
Senegal, 1968, 35mm, color, 90 min.
Wolof with English subtitles.

Sembene’s first comedy, his first film in color, and first work in Wolof—the language spoken by most of the population of Senegal—Mandabi is the deceptively simple story of a man whose initial good fortune leads to encounters with an intimidating barrage of Third World bureaucracy and an ancient civilization in the throes of change. Ibrahima Deng, a fifty-year-old Muslim with two wives and seven children who has been out of work for four years, one day receives a money order from a nephew in Paris with specific instructions on its division. As news of the money order circulates through the neighborhood, Deng’s troubles begin.

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