Mandabi = The money order / Filmi Domireve, Comptoir Francais du Film Production, Robert de Nesle, níolen dí vone ; bíndí mísen ní Usman Semben.

Video/Projected medium
  • Wolof
  • French
DVD special edition.
  • [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2021]
  • ©2021
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (63 pages ; 17 cm) + 1 folded sheet (12 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 72 x 19 cm, folded to 19 x 12 cm)


Production company
Film distributor
Film director
Film producer
Director of photography
Editor of moving image work
Library of Congress genre(s)
Criterion collection ; 1065. [More in this series]
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • polychrome rdacc
  • color
Summary note
After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. An adaptation of a novella by the director himself is a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1968.
  • Special edition features: introduction by film scholar Aboubakar Sanigo; conversation from 2020 with author and screenwriter Boubacar Boris and sociologist and feminist activist Marie Angelique Savane; Praise song, a new program about director Ousmane Sembene, featuring outtakes from 2015 documentary Sembene! of interviews with author and activist Angela Davis, musician Youssou N'Dour, filmmkaer and scholar Manthia Diawara and many others; Tauw, a 1970 shor film by Sembene; plus an essay by critic and scholar Tiana Reid and excerpts from a 1969 interview with Sembene.
Creation/​Production credits
Cinematographer, Paul Soulignac ; editors, Gilou Kikoïne, Max Saldinger.
System details
DVD, NTSC, region 1; 1.66:1 aspect ratio; Dolby monaural.
Makuredia Gueye, Yunus Ndiay, Isseu Niang, Mustafa Ture, Farba Sar.
Language note
Wolof or French dialogue; English subtitles.
Other title(s)
Money order
  • 9781681438023
  • 168143802X
Publisher no.
Universal Product Code
  • 715515255219
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