Two African men, naked, lying on a rocky platform overlooking the sea. There is a motorbike and a horned cow skull on either side of them.
Two African men, naked, lying on a rocky platform overlooking the sea. There is a motorbike and a horned cow skull on either side of them.
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Touki Bouki (1973) Courtesy Teemour Diop Mambety and Cineteca Bologna

ACMI presents

Touki Bouki

Djibril Diop Mambéty | Senegal | | MA15+
Film

The quintessential African road movie and classic of 1970s counterculture.

One of the most singular and striking debuts in the history of international cinema.

Ashley Clark, Criterion

A groundbreaking example of avant-garde cinema, Touki Bouki tells the story of two young lovers, Mory and Anta, who dream of a new life in France together and of escaping the disenchantment of post-independence.

Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty mixes spirituality and stories that predate colonial French incursion, with frenetic rhythm and non-linear narrative. Pioneering a cinema language, Mambéty paints a vibrant picture of Senegalese youth whose life path for the better or worse is far different to that of their ancestors.

– Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja); Curator, ACMI

Restored in 2008 by The World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with the family of Djibril Diop Mambéty. Restoration funding provided by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Museum Authority.

Format: DCP
Language: Wolof, Arabic and French with English subtitles
Source: Cineteca Bologna
Courtesy: Teemour Diop Mambety
Duration: 85 min

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Duration

85 mins

Rating

MA15+

Violence, strong impact

Where

Cinema 2, Level 2
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