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Touki Bouki (1973)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 October 1976 (Hungary)
Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Magaye Niang Magaye Niang ... Mory
Myriam Niang Myriam Niang ... Anta (as Mareme Niang)
Aminata Fall Aminata Fall ... Aunt Oumy
Ousseynou Diop Ousseynou Diop ... Charlie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josephine Baker ... Herself (voice)
Christoph Colomb Christoph Colomb
Ndou Labia Ndou Labia
Mustapha Ture Mustapha Ture
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Storyline

Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow's skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal's capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France. Written by Don Larsson

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Drama

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Country:

Senegal

Language:

Wolof | Arabic | French

Release Date:

21 October 1976 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey of the Hyena See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ranked number 62 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

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Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty makes a conscious choice of showing Senegal in a good light !!!!
8 June 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

It is indeed hard to believe that over the years, the magic of Europe as a golden land of opportunities has not faded. It is also unfortunate that Europe continues to charm countless innocent, impoverished men and women from Asia, Africa and Latin America to risk their lives in order to reach European soil with the sole objective of making a lot of money. Some of these daredevils can be found in the Senegalese film 'Touki Bouki' directed by maverick Djibril Diop Mambéty. He has ensured that Senegal is not shown in any kind of bad light as hunger and scenes of poverty which have become regular features of other African films about Africa have been deliberately avoided. It is a mystery how Touki Bouki's comical situations have been termed as surreal. They are as close as possible to daily lives which prove out to be a great test for everybody. Watching the comic scenes with utmost attention, one realizes how some borders are closely guarded so that Paris continues to be far for many impoverished African youngsters. Lastly, some scenes of cruelty towards animals might drive some viewers to start hating this film. This is the only major imperfection which one can detect in this film.


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