TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere

Djibril Diop Mambety envisions a fantastical world without consequences for his protagonists in his 1973 film, Touki Bouki. But there is an air of melancholy underpinning the narrative because the characters appear to be cogs in a cycle of nothingness. Mambety’s sometimes non-linear narrative coupled with peculiar editing and overly kinetic transitions point towards aContinue reading “TOUKI BOUKI – A surreal love affair with Africa heading nowhere”

Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action

One of the earliest sequences in 1977’s Ceddo involves a barter of men for goods. A man in this 18th-century Senegalese village with a rifle strapped on his shoulder, leads two men, presumably ceddo (outsiders) like a pair of antelopes, to a white trader who happens to barter in you regular stuff like yams, chickens, maizeContinue reading “Ousmane Sembene’s CEDDO – Everyone wants a piece of the Africa action”

FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s XALA

My walk with Senegalese director, Ousmane Sembène continues with his 1975 film Xala, an adaptation of Sembène’s 1973 novel of the same name. It’s the most modern of his films I have seen as yet, set some 15 years after Senegal’s independence. After a film like Emitai, where the French occupiers were the subject of Sembene’sContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s XALA”

FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI

Ousmane Sembène’s 1971 film, Emitai, is fueled by a spirit of resistance that resonates decades on. The fact it wasn’t released in Sembene’s home country of Senegal and censored in other francophone countries endorses the strength of its message in a time when colonialism was something more tangible than chapters in textbooks. The film narrowsContinue reading “FILM REVIEW; Ousmane Sembène’s EMITAI”