“One has to choose between engaging in stylistic research or the mere recording of facts. I feel that a filmmaker must go beyond the recording of facts. Moreover, I believe that Africans, in particular, must reinvent cinema. It will be a difficult task because our viewing audience is used to a specific film language, but a choice has to be made: either one is very popular and one talks to people in a simple and plain manner, or else one searches for an African film language that would exclude chattering and focus more on how to make use of visuals and sounds.” – Djibril Diop Mambéty
Djibril Diop Mambéty (1945 – 1998) was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only a small number of films, they received international acclaim for their original and experimental cinematic technique and non-linear, unconventional narrative style.
Born to a Muslim family near Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, Mambéty was Wolof. An actor by training, Mambety became Involved in Cinema after he was expelled for disciplinary reasons from the Daniel Sorano National Theater in Dakar. He directed Contra’s City (City of Contrasts, 1969) and Badou Boy (1970) before making his first feature-length film Touki-Bouki (1973) which received world-wide acclaim for its revolutionary narrative style. Despite the film’s success, twenty years passed before Mambéty made another feature film Hyènes (1992). During this hiatus he made one short film in 1989, Parlons Grandmère (Let’s talk Grandmother). At the time of his death, the film director had been working on a trilogy of short films called Contes des Petites Gens (Tales of the Little People). The first of the three films was Le Franc (1994). At the time of his death Mambéty had been editing the second film of that series, La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun), which premiered posthumously in 1999.
Badou Boy aka Bad Boy is Mambéty’s second short film set against the backdrop of a bustling Dakar in the late 1960s. Badou Boy won the Silver Tanit award at the 1970 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia