Tableau Ferraille | Chicago Reader

Tableau Ferraille

Moussa Sene Absa's 1996 French-Senegalese film comments on the problems of a developing Africa. Daam, an idealistic politician from the town of Tableau Ferraille (whose name means “junk scene”), ascends to power and tangles with a local construction firm, President & Co. The personal and the political become ensnarled as President wins a bridge contract by bribing one of Daam's two wives for confidential information and Daam then faces corruption charges. The film itself is a nuanced tableau of the conflicts faced by contemporary Africans, but the camera rarely does more than center the action on the screen. In French and Wolof with subtitles. 85 min.

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