Free Screening of Mandabi at Alphabet City
City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, located at 40 West North Avenue, is the permanent home for City of Asylum programming and the arts. It is a hub for Pittsburgh’s readers and writers, jazz and small-scale music and performance, and artistic experimentation. It is a home for diverse voices from around the globe – a place where Pittsburgh meets the world and the world meets Pittsburgh. To view a complete list of all scheduled events, visit the Alphabet City website.
Sembène Film Festival: Mandabi
Monday, July 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Come to Alphabet City for a screening of Mandabi (The Money Order) presented by Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival. Illiterate, unemployed, fiftyish Ibrahima Deng suddenly gets a windfall: a money order from his street sweeper nephew for 20,000 francs (roughly $100). But as friends, relations, and debtors close in, he finds he can’t cash it without an identity card, which requires a proof of birth. This film is a darkly humorous satire of Kafkaesque bureaucracy and corruption, as Deng concludes “honesty is a sin in this country.”