The Dakar Connection

The Dakar Connection

2 Episodes

Life imitates art as a rising auteur pays homage to a landmark work by her uncle in this snapshot of Senegalese cinema past and present. In 1973, Djibril Diop Mambéty made a splash with TOUKI BOUKI, a brash, stylistically freewheeling tale of two young lovers attempting to scheme their way from Dakar to France. Forty years later, Mambéty’s niece Mati Diop revisits the film’s towering legacy in A THOUSAND SUNS, in which she reconnects with Magaye Niang and Mareme Niang, the stars of TOUKI BOUKI, and finds that their fates have followed paths curiously similar to those of the fictional characters they played.

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The Dakar Connection
  • A Thousand Suns

    Episode 1

    Directed by Mati Diop • 2013 • France, Senegal
    Starring Magaye Niang, Wasis Diop

    Forty years after her uncle Djibril Diop Mambéty's landmark of Senegalese cinema TOUKI BOUKI, Mati Diop revisits its lead actor, Magaye Niang, to explore the legacy of a film that continues to loom large.

  • Touki bouki

    Episode 2

    Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty • 1973 • Senegal

    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...