Djibril Diop Mambéty

Djibril Diop Mambéty

Actor, Director, Screenplay, Writer


Djibril Diop Mambéty (1945-1998) was a Senegalese director and poet who is considered one of the most influential African filmmakers of all time. He was born in Dakar, Senegal, and began his career directing documentaries in the late 1960s. His debut feature film, “Touki Bouki” (1973), is widely acclaimed as a landmark in African cinema.

Mambéty’s films often featured surrealist elements and tackled themes of colonialism, identity, and displacement. He was also a poet, and his work often featured poetic imagery and symbolism. His style has been described as “dreamlike” and “dynamic.”

Mambéty’s second feature film, “Hyenas” (1992), was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed a number of shorts and documentaries during his career, including “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film.

Mambéty’s work is widely appreciated for its insight into life in Senegal and his unique take on African cinema. His films have been screened at festivals around the world, and he has been credited with inspiring a new generation of African filmmakers.

Mambéty’s life was tragically cut short in 1998 when he died of a heart attack at the age of 53. He left behind an impressive body of work, which has been the subject of numerous retrospectives and studies. His films remain influential to this day, and his legacy as one of the most important African filmmakers of all time will live on.