Mandabi (2160x1023)
Mandabi (1968) © Filmi Domirev

Presented by ACMI in association with the Sydney Film Festival


Ousmane Sembène | Senegal, France | 1968 | Unclassified (15+)

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Thu 20 Jun - Sat 29 Jun 2024

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Don't miss Ousmane Sembène’s mordant social satire screening in a stunning 4K restoration.

The first feature film in an African language, 'Mandabi' marked a major step towards authentic cinema from the region.

Sydney Film Festival – Classics Restored

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival 1968 and considered the first feature-length film in an African language, Mandabi (SFF 2021) is regarded as one of Sembène’s most significant works.

Ibrahima Dieng (Makhourédia Guèye) is a lazy, pompous man with two hard-working and obedient wives Mety and Aram (Ynousse N'Diaye and Isseu Niang) and little money. But Dieng suddenly receives a money order from his nephew, a street cleaner in France, for 20,000 francs. He immediately realises, however, that he cannot cash it because he does not have identity documents, and a bureaucratic nightmare begins. Shot with stark simplicity, this beautifully restored print renders the vivid colours and the 1960s architecture of Dakar utterly tangible.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Format: DCP
Language: Wolof & French with English subtitles
Source: Studiocanal
Courtesy: Studiocanal
Runtime: 92 mins

Event duration

92 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


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