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Touki Bouki

thursday, september 17 AT 7:30pm | FREE ADMISSION (Suggested donation: $5)

Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s.

“A revolutionary work both in its futuristic themes and its innovative style.” – Djia Mambu, BBC

In this French New Wave–influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour, comforts and freedom of Paris, 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.  The visionary film received renewed attention in 2018 when Beyoncé and Jay-Z paid homage by recreating one of its iconic scenes (depicting the adventurous lovers riding through Dakar on a motorcycle accessorized with a pair of cattle horns) to spearhead the promotional campaign for their On the Run II world tour. (Dir. by Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973, Senegal, in Wolof/Arabic/French with English subtitles, 89 mins., Not Rated)