Set in Dakar, Mandabi tells the story of Ibrahim and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes. Word quickly travels about his new found wealth, while a thousand bureaucratic obstacles stand in the path between him and his money. Ibrahim, preening and scheming, laying bets he has no means to collect, is a superb character study. But Mandabi is also a sprightly but stiletto-sharp satire on post-independence African nations and the shadow cast by colonialism.
Wolof & French Language | with English Subtitles
The Feature will be followed by a recorded Q&A discussion
The discussion will address the continued relevance of Ousmane Sembène’s anti-colonial works with Liz Chege (Director, Africa in Motion), Aboubakar Sanogo (Associate Professor in Film Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa) and Ivan Mbowa (East Africa General Manager, Tala). (25 minutes)
Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival, Sembène’s adaptation of his own novella set a new course for African cinema: radical, anti-colonial and proudly independent in its methods.
Ousmane Sembène was once asked if his films were understood in Europe. Sembène’s response? “Let’s be clear. Europe is not my centre. Europe is the outskirts.” With his startlingly funny but clear-eyed satire Mandabi, Sembène made a bid for the world to reorient itself towards Africa as the heart of cinema.
The first feature ever made in an African language, Mandabi fulfilled Sembène’s dream “to restore Africa’s stories to Africans.” This stunning new 4K restoration brings it to the rest of the world.
PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT.
Brewery Members receive a 10% discount on most ticketed live performances and event tickets, sign in to your account to take advantage of these discounts.
Please help us to keep you safe by using the hand sanitiser available on arrival, maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering when moving throughout the building or seated in the venue, unless eating or drinking.
All our ticket prices include a 50p commission. This fee helps us continue to fund our diverse programme. Creative learning classes & workshops are exempt.
Unwaged* – For those in receipt of Universal Credit, Working Tax credits, Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support.