Badou Boy + Contras' city

Bad Boy / Badou Boy

color ⁄ 56' ⁄ ST-OND: EN

Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal 1970, Laminé Ba, Al Demba Ciss, Al Demba Ciss

City of Contrasts / Contras’ City

color ⁄ 22' ⁄ ST-OND: EN

Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal 1969

Djibril Diop Mambéty’s stunning early work highlights his satirical eye on the iniquities of post-colonial Dakar. Contras’ City sets the self-conscious grandeur of Dakar’s colonial architecture against the sights and sounds of its local people, their ironic distance heightened by a soundtrack that veers between traditional kora and the Marseillaise. Badou Boy is even more dazzlingly inventive in its sound design, sketching a gallery of vibrant local characters into a wonderfully witty, darkly satirical play on Chaplin-esque comedy, as a policeman pursues the titular street urchin across the city.

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