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Mandabi  1968
Le Mandat / The Money Order
Director:  Ousmane Sembène
Producer:
  Robert de Nesle
Editor:
  Gilbert Kikoine and Max Saldinger
Screenplay:
  Ousmane Sembéne
Director of Photography:
  Paul Soulignac
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Cast:
spacer1 Makhouredia Gueye
spacer1 Isseu Niang
spacer1 Ynousse N’Diaye
spacer1 Mustapha Ture
spacer1 Farba Ture
spacer1 Serigne N’Diayes
spacer1 Thérèse Bas
spacer1 Mouss Diouf
spacer1 Christoph Colomb
spacer1 Mamadou Cisoko
Uncredited
spacer1 Moudoun Faye
Uncredited
spacer1 Serigne Sow
Uncredited
spacer1 Makhouredia Gueye spacer1 Isseu Niang spacer1 Ynousse N’Diaye
spacer1 Mustapha Ture spacer1 Farba Ture spacer1 Serigne N’Diayes
spacer1 Thérèse Bas spacer1 Mouss Diouf spacer1 Christoph Colomb
spacer1 Mamadou Cisoko spacer1 Moudoun Faye spacer1 Serigne Sow
spacer1 Makhouredia Gueye spacer1 Isseu Niang
spacer1 Ynousse N’Diaye spacer1 Mustapha Ture
spacer1 Farba Ture spacer1 Serigne N’Diayes
spacer1 Thérèse Bas spacer1 Mouss Diouf
spacer1 Christoph Colomb spacer1 Mamadou Cisoko
spacer1 Moudoun Faye spacer1 Serigne Sow

Synopsis:
Set in Dakar, Mandabi tells the story of Ibrahim (Makhouredia Gueye) 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. 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.

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