Mandabi - A Ordem de Pagamento
França/Senegal | 1968 | 90 min | Ficção | Livre
Direção: Ousmane Sembène
Roteiro: Ousmane Sembène
Fotografia: Paul Soulignac
Elenco: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N’Diaye, Isseu Niang, Serigne N’Diayes
Shot primarily in Wolof, this second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first ever made in an African language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for the inhabitants of his home continent. After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as his attempts to cash the order are stymied in a maze of bureaucratic obstacles, and new troubles rain down on his head. One of Sembène’s most coruscatingly funny and indignant films, Mandabi—an adaptation of a novella by the director himself—is a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty.
About the director
Ousmane Sembène was born in 1923 in southern Senegal. He is often regarded as the “Father of African Cinema,” a title befitting the first African to make a fiction film distributed outside Africa, Borom Sarret (1963). His novels and films examine the many faces of a continent emerging from the colonial era, at grips with the tensions of independence and modernity. His work is an impassioned history of Africa’s political and social transformation throughout the 20th century. Ousmane Sembène passed away in June 2007 at the age of 84 in Dakar, Senegal.