Saturday, February 20, 2010

Touki Bouki ❏▲∞❏▲∞

This an amazing film, made in Senegal in 1973 by African filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty. It has a strange rhythm to the editing, and the montage of images is beautiful. You can watch the film on The Auteurs site for free, HERE (

The story of Touki Bouki goes back centuries: men have always set out for new lands where they believe time never stops… Only few adventurers seem to make it, but that has never stopped anyone… Djibril left his country with the dream of finding success and solace in Europe. He soon discovered, however, the cruelty of life. While his dream fell apart little by little Djibril found he was unable to leave “Europe”, his host country. That was when returning to Africa became the real dream for him. Ending his days in Africa was a dream he would never fulfill. “Touki Bouki” is a prophetic film. Its portrayal of 1973 Senegalese society is not too different from today’s reality. Hundreds of young Africans die every day at the Strait of Gibraltar trying to reach Europe (Melilla and Ceuta). Who has never heard of that before?All their hardships find their voice in Djibril’s film: the young nomads who think they can cross the desert ocean and find their own lucky star and happiness but are disappointed by the human cruelty they encounter. Touki Bouki is a beautiful, upsetting and unexpected film that makes us question ourselves.What a pleasure and what an achievement for Martin Scorsese’s Foundation to give Djibril Diop Mambéty a second life. To all those who support cinema: bravo!" —Souleymane Cissé, May 2008

Touki Bouki has been digitally restored at 2K resolution using the original 35 mm camera and sound negatives provided by the director’s son Teemour Diop Mambéty and preserved at the GTC in Paris. Digital restoration brought the film’s original chromatic elements to light. At the end of the digital process a new 35 mm internegative was produced.

You can watch the film on The Auteurs site for free, HERE (

DIR Djibril Diop Mambéty

PROD Djibril Diop Mambéty

SCR Djibril Diop Mambéty

DP Pap Samba Sow, Georges Bracher

CAST Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang, Aminata Fall, Ousseynou Diop

MUSIC Joséphine Baker, Mado Robin, Aminata Fall

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