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Bamako ★

Director(s)
Abderrahmane Sissako
Country
Mali
United States
France
Year
2006
Duration
115 min
Language
Bambara
French and English with English subtitles

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An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whom civil society blames for perpetuating Africa’s debt crisis, at the heart of so many of the continent’s woes.

As witnesses including teachers, farmers, and writers air bracing indictments against the global economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward. Melé, a lounge singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up; a security guard’s gun goes missing; a young man lies ill; a wedding procession passes through; and women keep everything rolling—dyeing fabric, minding children, spinning cotton, and speaking their minds.

Bamako is an attack on globalization that is endlessly cogent, confrontational — and, best of all, as captivating as it is illuminating. – Los Angeles Times

Best French-Language Film – Lumiere Awards 2007

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Director(s)
Abderrahmane Sissako
Country
Mali
United States
France
Year
2006
Duration
115 min
Language
Bambara
French and English with English subtitles