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Mandabi (1968)

Cast: Makhouredia Gueye
Director: Ousmane Sembene
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Africa, Senegal
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Wolof
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
This French/Senegalese co-production is based on a shaggy-dog melodramatic story by L. S. Senghor. An out of work man (Mamadou Gueye) from Senegal is sent a money order by his nephew. Unfortunately, the uncle has no identity card which will enable him to cash the check. He tries to obtain a card, but is stymied because he lacks a birth certificate. In order to get this valuable document, he must have a photograph taken ... and on and on and on it goes. Mandabi is a warm, subtle comedy with a series of visual revelations about a civilization struggling to recapture its own rich heritage after a century of colonial corruption.



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