With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop
Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early
1970s. In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young
lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but
their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical.
Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and
meditative Touki Bouki is widely considered one of the most important African films ever made.
“One of the most confident debut films ever made.” (rogerebert.com)
“Touki Bouki is a formally adventurous take-down of
the futile dreams of wealth and refinement that French colonialism never
tired of imposing on the populations of its outre-merterritories.
Through associative montage, layered narrative temporalities, and a
thoroughly liberated use of sound, Mambéty has crafted an enigmatic yet
jaunty picaresque that takes us from the slums around Dakar to its
European-capital-simulating center.” (Screen Slate)