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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Badou Boy

Fortnight 1971, Feature film, 60'

Synopsis

La chaleur, la paresse, un long trajet à faire en bicyclette sont les principaux facteurs de cette comédie où le poids des fesses de Pandorre joue un rôle déterminant. Une histoire à suivre…

Director

Djibril Diop Mambety

Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy (1970), which dealt with the life of a young renegade. By 1973, he directed his first feature, Touki Bouki (1973), about disaffected youth, and it became an instant classic. It would be nearly twenty years before he would create another film, Hyènes (1992), which is considered a sequel to « Touki Bouki » and a parable based on the classic play « The Visit » by Frederich Durrenmatt. Although his films were considered to be politically oriented, Mambéty rejected the realism preferred by most African filmmakers. His films were notable for their dream-like quality that left the themes of his films entirely to the interpretation of the viewer; this was, of course, the desired effect. In spite of the fact that Mambéty only completed a few short films and a meager two full-length features, the quality of his short body of work has rendered him legendary status among African filmmakers and, indeed, the international film community.

All Demba
Lamine Ba

Scénario
Djibril Diop Manbety

Image
Baldy Sow

Prod. Studio Kankourama
B.P. 2509 Dakar