Le Franc

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Le Franc
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Produced by Silvia Voser
Written by Djibril Diop Mambéty
Music by Issa Cissokho
Dieye Ma Dieye
Cinematography Stéphan Oriach
Edited by Stéphan Oriach
Waka Films
Distributed by California Newsreel Productions
Release date
August 1994 (Locarno Film Festival)
Running time
45 min
Country Senegal
Language Wolof

Le Franc is a 1994 Senegalese short comedy film, directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Le Franc is about Marigo, a penniless musician living in a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady.

This film uses the French government's 50% devaluation of the West African CFA franc in 1994, and the resulting hardships as the basis for a whimsical commentary on using the lottery for survival.

Le Franc was originally intended as the first film of a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. However, Mambety’s untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film.


Marigo the musician dreams with his instrument – a congoma – confiscated by his landlady because he never pays the rent. He gets hold of a lottery ticket and decides to put it in a safe place while he waits for the draw: he glues it to the back of his door. The night of the draw, fortune blinds Marigo, he is the proud owner of the winning ticket. He already sees himself as a millionaire, with a thousand congomas, an orchestra and a private plane… He even has visions of the charismatic Aminata Fall, symbol of capitalism in Africa. But there is small problem; the ticket is glued to the door…


  • Demba Bâ as "Dwarf"
  • Dieye Ma Dieye as "Marigo"
  • Aminata Fall as "Landlady"


Le Franc was released on DVD coupled with La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun) and is distributed by California Newsreel Productions.[1]


  1. ^ "California Newsreel - TALES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE". California Newsreel. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 

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