A French New Wave film in tone, but made in Senegal by Djibril Diop MambĂ (C)ty, Touki Bouki is unique in African cinema. Though some of it seems to have dated, the political subtext to the film still remains highly pertinent and vital in the twenty-first century. As African nations step closer to first world nations, the compromise between tradition and modernity will stand in starker contrast than it did in 1973. If you are a lover of world cinema, and cinematic history, this is one of the key films in the evolution of African cinema, and a must-see. It is also surprisingly modern.