Country: Senegal
Year: 1970
Duration: 60'

Badou Boy, a cheeky and irreverent lad, roves the streets of Dakar on public transport. A chubby and infuriated gendarme of the "black dragons" (the police) chases him. A chronicle of life in the city's popular neighbourhoods. "This film was not very successful with the public, because the language and form that I chose were not very popular. Besides, a choice has to be made between research and mere observation. I think that the cinema has to go much further than observation. I think that it is up to us, as African filmmakers, to reinvent the cinema" (D. Diop Mambéty).


film director

Djibril Diop Mambéty


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Director of photography: Baidy Sow.
Cast and characters: Lamine Ba, Al Demba, Ciss, Christophe Colomb, Aziz Diop Mambéty.
Production company: Les Films Kankourama, Smadja Myriam e Ministère de la Coopération Français.