La petite vendeuse de soleil
For a very long time, the hawkers who sold newspapers on the streets of Dakar were, without exception, all boys. But, this morning, their domination was challenged. Sili lives on the streets and gets around with the help of two crutches. She begs next to the boys selling their newspapers. Starting tomorrow, she’ll sell newspapers like everyone else… La petite vendeuse de soleil is the second part of the series Histoires de petites gens (Tales of Little people).
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.
Djibril Diop Mambety
Sarah Taouss Matton
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