n French Studies in Southern Africa - Racines et parcours, dans le film de Djibril Diop Mambety

Volume 2006, Issue 36
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



In his film, , the Senegalese film maker Djibril Diop Mambety portrays himself as well as many young Africans, who, even in post independence times, are torn between the desire to go to France, with the attraction of Paris, and attachment to their roots. They are inescapably enmeshed within a vicious circle, torn between the desire to escape the depressing life in their country (with the attraction of the Other and consequent assimilation) and their national allegiance and desire to establish their identity. The article analyses this revolutionary film and the filmic techniques employed by Mambety to express his alienation and frustration: a fragmented structure, prolepses, analepses, ellipses, the montage, striking visual images, the sound track, etc. It also examines the impact of this film on the artist's life.

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