In Person & Previews

Screen Epiphany: Adjoa Andoh introduces Mandabi

The acclaimed actor chooses and introduces a film that has inspired her.

Satirising post-colonial bureaucracy and championing the potential of disenfranchised communities, Mandabi confirms Sembène’s mission for social justice.

Image from Screen Epiphany: Adjoa Andoh

Photograph: Shonay Shote

Actor Adjoa Andoh has a rich body of work that has included performing on stage at the RSC, the National and the Royal Court, and on screen in projects such as Bridgerton, Invictus and Doctor Who. In this special event, Andoh will introduce the screening of her ‘epiphany’ film – a film that has influenced and inspired her.


Mandabi (The Money Order)

Image from Mandabi

France-Senegal 1968
Dir Ousmane Sembène
With Makhouredia Gueye, Isseu Niang, Ynousse N'Diaye, Mustapha Ture
4K digital restoration
Wolof and French with EST

Without work and struggling to keep up appearances, Ibrahima depends on his wives to look after his home and children. With the surprise arrival of a money order he's soon on a Kafka-esque journey through the streets of Dakkar that requires him to prove his identity, second guess who might genuinely assist him and side-step the fraudsters. This highly engaging and sharp-witted drama was successful in Africa and Europe on release, and won the Special Jury Prize at Venice 1968. Particularly resonant amid contemporary reappraisals of colonialism, Sembène's second feature is a landmark of African cinema - and the first film made in Wolof.

Maggi Hurt, Advance Programme Co-ordinator