Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
1992, Senegal/Switzerland/France/UK, 110 min
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New 2K restoration by Thelma Film AG courtesy of Metrograph Pictures. One of the treasures of African cinema, Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s version has a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: Her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose once-lofty post-colonial dreams have been eroded by western materialism.
Presented in partnership with the Afro Prairie Film Festival.