Touki Bouki - directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop Mambéty's incendiary debut follows two young lovers as they attempt to flee the dead end clutches of Dakar for an idealised dream of life in Paris. Funding their escape through petty crime, they traverse the countryside and urban sprawl on a beat up motorbike pinned with a cow’s skull, encountering obstacles and visions, both real and mystical.
Mambety, though only 28 and with no formal film training, captures with raw, visceral energy the clash between tradition, superstition and the enforced adoption of European colonial attitudes, in a country seemingly at a crossroads.
Characterised by dazzling imagery and music, a pace that jumps between the manic and meditative, this vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made.
In an interview Mambety said "one must have a mad belief that anything is possible....Cinema must be reinvented each time, and whoever ventures into cinema must also share in its reinvention."
Part of Open Colour’s Africa's Lost Classics series in association with the Africa in Motion Film Festival.
To introduce the film we are pleased to welcome Dr Estrella Sendra Fernandez, a documentary filmmaker, journalist, lecturer and researcher at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, who specialises in Senegalese festivals and African Cinema. She is also part of the curatorial team at Cambridge African Film Festival, which she directed in 2014 and 2015.
Part of CINEMA CLUB
Join us for a weekly cinema experience each Sunday this spring. Films introduced by guest speakers, a delicious brunch menu in our café-bar, accompanied by coffee, cocktails and music from DJ Vicki Lester. Sundays from 17 February - 14 April.
2pm: café-bar open with brunch, coffee, cocktails and music.
4pm: feature film starts
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Dates & Times
Sunday 24 February, 20194:00pm