Ousmane Sembène / SN, FR, 1968 / 91 min.
An unemployed Senegalese man seems to have had a financial windfall, but cashing the money order is harder than it seems. Sembène’s moving, walking-pace, tragi-comedy provides a bitterly ironic impression of a society plagued by corruption, greed and poverty. 4K restoration.
The unemployed Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 French Francs from a cousin working in Paris. The news of his windfall spreads like wildfire among the neighbours. They keep asking for loans even when his attempts to cash the money order bog down in a swamp of bureaucracy.
Introduced (in Dutch) by writer and film critic Vamba Sherif.
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