City of Contrasts

  • Contras'City
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Genre : Biography
Type : Docu-drama
Original title : Ciudad de contrastes [Spanish title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1968
Format : Short
Running time : 21 (in minutes)
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A fictional documentary that portrays the city of Dakar as we hear the conversation between a Senegalese man (the director, Djibril Diop Mambéty) and a French woman, Inge Hirschnitz. As we travel through the city in a picturesque horse drawn wagon, we chaotically rush into this and that popular neighborhood of the capital, discovering contrast after contrast: A small African community waiting at the Church's door, Muslims praying on the sidewalk, the Rococo architecture of the Government buildings, the modest stores of the craftsmen near the main market.

Mambety takes us on a guided tour of Dakar - a city of striking contrasts - on the back of a horse and cart. Devout Muslins pray on the sidewalk while young Catholics make their holy communion. The baroque splendour of the French-built city centre is a world away from the shacks and slums of the outskirts. A wry and witty look at urban life in 1960s Africa, the film reveals Mambety's marked sense of both the beauty and the absurdity of everyday life.

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Un documental de ficción que muestra la ciudad de Dakar mientras se desarrolla en off una conversación entre un senegalés (el propio director Djibril Diop Mambéty) y una francesa, Inge Hirschnitz. En un pintoresco carro tirado por un caballo, recorren de forma caótica los barrios residenciales y populares de la capital senegalesa, ciudad de contrastes: niñas senegalesas vestidas de comunión delante de la iglesia, musulmanes rezando en la calzada, la arquitectura rococó de los edificios oficiales, humildes tiendas de artesanos en las cercanías del gran mercado.

TITULO: Contras'city (Ciudad de contrastes | City of Contrasts)
DIRECTOR: Djibril Diop Mambéty
GENERO: Documental
PAÍS: Senegal
AÑO: 1968
CARACTERÍSTICAS: 21'-35 mm - color - VO uolof y francés - Subtitulado español

Dirección / Réalisation / Director Djibril Diop Mambéty
Producción / Production / Producer Kankourama
Guión / Scénario / Screenplay Djibril Diop Mambéty
Fotografía / Image / Cinematography Georges Bracher
Música / Musique /Music Djimbo Kouyaté
Montaje / Montage / Editing Jean-Bernard Bonis, Marino Rio
Intérpretes / Interprètes / Cast Inge Hirschnitz, Djibril Diop Mambéty

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