Mandabi (The Criterion Collection Blu ray)

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Mandabi (The Criterion Collection Blu ray)

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Mandabi (The Criterion Collection Blu ray)

This second feature by Ousmane Sembne was the first movie ever made in the Wolof languagea major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmakers dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. 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 he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. One of Sembnes most coruscatingly funny and indignant films, Mandabian adaptation of a novella by the director himselfis a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 12 2021
  • Production Year 2021
  • Empire SKU 3107600
  • UPC Code 715515255110
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


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Introduction by film scholar Aboubakar Sanogo
Conversation from 2020 with author and screenwriter Boubacar Boris Diop and sociologist and feminist activist Marie Angélique Savané
Praise Song, a new program about director Ousmane Sembène featuring outtakes from the 2015 documentary Sembène! of interviews with author and activist Angela Davis, musician Youssou N’Dour, filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara, and many others
Tauw, a 1970 short film by Sembène • New English subtitle translation by Sembène biographer Samba Gadjigo
An essay by critic and scholar Tiana Reid and excerpts from a 1969 interview with Sembène


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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