Sembène Film Festival: Mandabi (Senegal)

Monday, July 30, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free RSVP 2018-07-30 7 p.m. 2018-07-30 9 p.m. America/New_York Sembène Film Festival: Mandabi (Senegal) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a screening of Mandabi (The Money Orderpresented by Sembène–The Film & Art Festival(This film will be presented in Wolof with English subtitles.)


Illiterate, unemployed, fiftyish Ibrahima Deng suddenly gets a windfall: a money order from his street sweeper nephew in France for 20,000 francs (roughly $100). But as friends, relations, and debtors close in, he finds he can’t cash it without an identity card, which requires a proof of birth.

Sembène’s first color film is a darkly humorous satire of Kafkaesque bureaucracy and corruption, as Deng concludes “honesty is a sin in this country.”  

… it was with Mandabi (The Money Order) in 1968, that Sembène’s dream to reconnect with Africa’s masses came through.  For the first time … an African filmmaker was experimenting by using an African language (Wolof), hence setting a new trend which would be followed by all film makers on the continent.”  – Samba Gadjigo, Ph.D.


Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.

The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.

Event Details

July 30, 2018 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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