The Unforgettable: Touki Bouki (1973)
Touki Bouki, to be pronounced tukki bukki— Wolof for The Journey of the Hyena, is a 1973 Senegalese drama film. Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. It was shown at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.
The film was restored in 2008 at Cineteca di Bologna / L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory by the World Cinema Foundation. It was selected as the 93rd greatest film of all time by the Sight and Sound Critic’s Poll.
Mory, a cowherd who drives a motorcycle mounted with a bull-horned skull, and Anta, a student, meet in Dakar. Alienated and tired of life in Senegal, they dream of going to Paris and come up with different schemes to raise money for the trip. Mory eventually steals the money, and a large amount of clothing, from the household of a wealthy homosexual, while the latter is taking a shower. Anta and Mory can finally buy tickets for the ship to France. But their wealthy victim phones the police who begin to tail the duo, and when Anta and Mory board the ship in the Port of Dakar, the loudspeaker summons Mory to see the captain. Upon hearing this, Mory leaves Anta and runs away madly to find his bull-horned motorcycle, only to see that it has been ruined in a crash that nearly killed the rider who had taken it. The ship sails away with Anta but not Mory, who sits next to his hat on the ground, staring disconsolately at his wrecked motorcycle.
|Directed by||Djibril Diop Mambéty|
|Written by||Djibril Diop Mambéty|
|Cinematography||Pap Samba Sow|
|Edited by||Siro Asteni|
|Music by||Josephine Baker|
|Distributed by||World Cinema Foundation|
|Running time||95 minutes|