When: 8 November 2019, 18:00 — 21:00
Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square, CINEMA
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This session brings together two films of an unfinished triology by the late Senegalese film director Djibril Diop Mambéty (January 1945 – July 23, 1998). 

Le Franc (1994, 46′, DCP) This comic fable focuses on the Chaplinesque figure of poverty-stricken musician Marigo. Like Mambéty’s other work Le Franc is both a reflection on the effects of Western economic restrictions on Africa and a highly symbolic, humane drama.

La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (1999, 45′, DCP) Performed by a non-professional cast, Mambéty’s film centre’s around a young paraplegic girl and her attempts to enter the world of the male newspaper vendors. The film departs from realism and establishes a richly comic and satirical engagement with Senegal infused with an excellent score courtesy of Mambéty’s brother Wasis Diop.