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Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambety, 1973)

Touki Bouki is really standard art-house fair with an unconventional (if not head-scratching) ending. I liked the strange sound-engineering that happens in two scenes where you hear a plethora of echoeing animal noises (birds, goats, cows and this crazy lady weilding a knife) that overlap one another. The camera work was strange in some places, very hot and dry and the visuals will make you want to reach for a glass of water (even the scenes near the ocean and in the pool still make water seem like a distant unattainable item). Many people said this movie was a lot more frenetic than the usual African cinema fair, but I still found it deathly slow and meandering… so I can’t imagine how slow the typical African art film must be.


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