Synopsis

One day, Ibrahima Dieng, who lives on the outskirts of Dakar, receives a generous money order from his nephew who lives in France. The news soon spreads, arousing the greed of his family and neighborhood friends, as he endures the nightmare of Senegalese bureaucracy to prove his identity and receive the money. In Ousmane Sèmbene’s second feature film, and his first film entirely spoken in Wolof, the ironic social chronicle reveals the bitter consequences of colonialism. A film adaptation of the book, also by the filmmaker, now screened in a restored copy. (C. I.)

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Director

Ousmane Sembène

Senegalese filmmaker and writer Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007) is renowned for his pioneering and revolutionary work in cinema. In 1966, after releasing the film "La Noire de...", he became the first director in Sub-Saharan Africa to direct a feature film and in 1968, with "Mandabi", he fulfilled his dream of directing the first feature film entirely spoken in Wolof. Until his death in 2007, Sembene directed 9 feature films, always devoted to filming and valuing African people.

Credits

Producers

Robert de Nesle

Writers

Ousmane Sembène

Cast

Makuredia Guey, Yunus Ndiay, Isseu Niang, Mustafa Ture, Farba Sar, Serine Ndiay, Thérèse Bas, Mussa Diuf

Cinematographer

Paul Soulignac

Editor

Gilou Kikoïne, Max Saldinger

Art Director

Robert Muray