Movie: MANDABI (The Money Order)


(The Money Order)


Monday, July 30th @ 7:00 PM

Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15212

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MANDABI (The Money Order)

Directed/Written by:  Ousmane Sembène
Country:  Senegal    Year:  1968   Length:  90 Minutes
Language:  Wolof with English subtitles

… 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.


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, which . . .


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.”