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Film Bamako


Now Playing
In French with English subtitles

Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako | 117min, 2006
With Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré, Danny Glover

Malian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako’s portrait of corrupt global capitalist forces throughout the African continent and its effects.

Newly remastered in HD! Melé, a bar singer, is married to Chaka, who is out of work. The couple lives in a poor neighborhood of Bamako, the capital of Mali, and is on the verge of a break-up. Meanwhile, a trial court has been set up in their courtyard, initiated by African civil society spokesmen asserting the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are to blame for Africa's poverty woes. Amid the witness pleas and testimonies—which touch on everything from corruption and mismanagement to European colonization (including a cameo by Danny Glover, one of the film's executive producers)—life continues on in the background. Director Abderrahmane Sissako deftly juxtaposes a humanistic view of daily life in Mali with a tableau of global capitalism and its ravaging effects on African societies.

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