Showing in association with Aspire Black Suffolk.
Set in Dakar, Mandabi tells the story of Ibrahim (Makhouredia Gueye) and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes. Word quickly travels about his new found wealth, while a thousand bureaucratic obstacles stand in the path between him and his money. Ibrahim, preening and scheming, laying bets he has no means to collect, is a superb character study.
But Mandabi is also a sprightly but stiletto-sharp satire on post- independence African nations and the shadow cast by colonialism. Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival, former doc worker Ousmane Sembène’s adaptation of his own novella set a new course for African cinema: radical, anti-colonial and proudly independent in its methods.