Touki bouki

Touki bouki

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project

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.

Restored in 2008 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the family of Djibril Diop Mambéty. Restoration funded by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Museum Authority.

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Touki bouki
  • Touki bouki

    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 glamo...

Extras

  • Martin Scorsese on TOUKI BOUKI

    The following introduction to TOUKI BOUKI by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, founder of the World Cinema Project, was produced in 2013.

  • Abderrahmane Sissako on TOUKI BOUKI

    In this 2013 interview, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (WAITING FOR HAPPINESS) shares his appreciation for Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1973 film TOUKI BOUKI.