4K Restoration of Mandabi Coming to UK Cinemas
The Independent Cinema Office has teamed up with StudioCanal to bring a 4K restoration of Mandabi to cinemas across the UK.
Screenings of the groundbreaking title will take place in movie theatres from June 11, bringing the "startlingly funny but clear-eyed satire" to new audiences in stunning quality.
The first feature ever made in an African language, Mandabi underpins its enjoyable storytelling with important messages on colonialism and the future of post-independence African nations.
Writer-director Ousmane Sembene made the film in 1968 to "restore Africa’s stories to Africans" and picked up awards including the Grand Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival in the process.
Synopsis: "Set in Dakar, Mandabi tells the story of Ibrahim (Makhouredia Gueye) and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes. Word quickly travels about his new found wealth, while a thousand bureaucratic obstacles stand in the path between him and his money."