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.