Sembene across Africa! A celebration across the continent with 50 screenings in 12 countries – in Johannesburg on 16 June. Ousmane Sembene’s MandabI (The Money Order) is a world cinema classic screening at the Market Theatre complex on June 16 with the award-winning documentary Sembene!
Sembene (1923-2007), the son of a fisherman, was kicked out of school. After working as a manual labourer for 15 years, Sembene became a novelist and filmmaker. Sembene was dedicated to inspiring people, creating visionary, profound and subversive stories.
Mandabi (90 mins, 1968) – After Ibrahima Dieng, an illiterate unemployed Senegalese man without an official ID, gets a windfall—a money order from his street sweeper nephew in France for $100—his “friends,” family and debtors descend on him. He also finds himself dealing with a nightmare bureaucracy designed to rob him of both money and dignity. Using biting satire, the film explores neo-colonialism, religion and corruption in Senegalese society. Mandabi was the first African film shot in an African language (Wolof), it was the winner of numerous international awards.
“Mirroring everyday problems in the witty guise of a folksy tale … it marks points with graceful insights and inventive scenes.” Variety Sembene! (documentary 90mins) tells the unbelievable true story of the self-taught “father of African cinema,” who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa. Sembene! uses rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials to craft a true-life epic, as an ordinary man transforms himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalised.
Sunday 16 June 14:00 Market Photo Workshop Auditorium, 138 Lillian Ngoyi Street, Newtown (Mandabi will screen at 14:00 & Sembene! at 16:00). Entry is free but RSVP is important for catering, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by Galle Ceddo Projects, The Sembene Estate, Wits School of Arts Film & TV Division, Wits History Workshop, Market Photo Workshop, Windybrow Theatre, Arts Research Africa and Reframing Africa