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Films on the Green 2022: Mandabi

"Mandabi / The Money Order," by Ousmane Sembène / Senegal / 1968 / 90mins / Comedy, Drama / Wolof



Fri, Jul 22, 2022

8:30 pm

Riverside Park - Pier I
500 W 70th St. on the Hudson River
New York, NY 10023


Presented in partnership with Films on the Green Festival.

About the Film

An unemployed man, Ibrahima, lives with his two wives and kids. A nephew of his sends him a money order from France worth 25,000 Francs which he has saved from working as a street sweeper. He is to keep some of the money for himself, save a portion for his nephew, and give a portion to his sister. However, Ibrahima faces numerous difficulties with the Senegalese bureaucracy in trying to cash the money order. The film explores themes of neocolonialism, religion, corruption, and relationships in Senegalese society. Sembène’s first feature length film, Mandabi shows his masterful use of humor and his penchant for subtle, moving stories. Often compared to Satyagit Ray’s early film work, Mandabi opened the world’s eyes to Africa’s tremendous cinematic talent.
About Ousmane Sembène

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