Streaming Release!

Mandabi – 4K Restoration


The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 45/55. You can watch Mandabi for 48 hours after your purchase. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

“A mordant fable of good luck gone bad … rich in detail, a feast for the eyes and ears.” – J. Hoberman, New York Times

This second feature by celebrated filmmaker Ousmane Sembène (Black Girl) was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. One of Sembène’s most coruscatingly funny and indignant films, Mandabi—an adaptation of a novella by the director himself—is a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty. New 4K restoration courtesy of Janus Films. (Dir. by Ousmane Sembène, 1968, Senegal, in Wolof/French with English subtitles, 91 mins., Not Rated)