Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
Country: Senegal
Year: 1970
Duration: 65 min



Venue Date Time
 UKZN Sneddon Theatre  22 July 2015  18:30 PM

The eponymous Badou Boy is the first in Mambety's series of charismatic but ultimately doomed rebels. A handsome and insolent young man in a paisley shirt, Badou Boy wanders the streets of Dakar from one offbeat adventure to another pursued by the comic but strangely menacing figure of the ubiquitous fat policeman. Following an experimental, fragmented narrative, the film is a hugely innovative African take on late 1960s psychedelia with a kicking rock soundtrack. Badou Boy presents, in embryonic form, the genius that maverick Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety would bring to fruition in his masterpiece Touki Bouki.

Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. In spite of the fact that he only completed a few short films and two full-length features, the quality of his short body of work has rendered him legendary status among African filmmakers and, indeed, the international film community.


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