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Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Written by Ousmane Sembène
Starring Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang
Distributed by New Yorker Video
Release date
Country France
Language Wolof, French

Mandabi (English: The Money Order) is a 1968 film directed by Ousmane Sembène. The film is based on Sembène's novel The Money-Order. It is the director's first film in his native Wolof language.


An unemployed African man, Ibrahima, lives with his two wives and kids. A nephew of his sends him a money order from France worth 25,000 Francs which he has saved from working as a street sweeper. He is to keep some of the money for himself, save a portion for his nephew, and give a portion to his sister. However, Ibrahima faces numerous difficulties with the Senegalese bureaucracy in trying to cash the money order. The film explores themes of neocolonialism, religion, corruption, and relationships in Senegalese society.


  • Venice Festival 1968

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