2021, August 4 - 15, Rotterdam

Touki Bouki

(1973)

Djibril Diop Mambéty • 85 min. • Senegal

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The young lovers Mori – a cowherd –  and Anta – a university student – try to escape Dakar for a dream life in Paris. But something like that requires a lot of money which they don’t have. Driving around on Mori’s baby: a motorcycle mounted with a bull-horned skull, the two look for ways to make – or get! – some. 

Djibril Diop Mambéty was just as many of his contemporaries influenced by French New Wave. But taking the viewer along local storytellers in Dakar, markets, pools, fights and bidding games, the film created its own dazzling and colourful style. Touki Bouki – Wolof for The Journey of the Hyena – premiered in Cannes Film Festival in 1973 where it was praised for its visionary and innovative style and is nowadays considered the greatest Senegalese film ever. 

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