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Senegalese Film “Touki Bouki” Is An Afrofuturistic Classic

December 19, 2018

The Senegalese film “Touki Bouki” was directed by Djibril Diop Mambety in 1973 with a total of $30,000. This movie is celebrating 45 years of broadcasting.

Djibril Diop Mambety was only 28 years old at the time and had no formal training whatsoever. This film is a classic road movie, about a young cowherd, Mory, and a woman named Anta, who got fed up with their lives in Dakar.

So they plan to travel by motorcycle from Dakar to France, which they’ve never visited before. Together they ride his bike, which has a horned animal skull mounted on it.

Mambety has studied the great Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene to Sergei Eisenstein.  Often, Mambety twists sound and image, and from scene to scene, the whole movie has an odd, energetic vibe.

The way Mambety mixes up the urban and the rural, the modern and ancient, African and Western, makes it seem like the characters’ journey is taking in a place out of time.