Bamako

  • PG
  • Abderrahmane Sissako (2006)
  • Fr / Mali / US (SUB)
  • 112 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

With its hard-hitting content, dense symbolism and seemingly haphazard structure, this treatise on the continuing agonies of Africa is far from an easy watch. In a communal courtyard in the Malian capital of Bamako, an extraordinary "trial" unfolds that involves a counsel for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and witnesses testifying to the continent's systematic exploitation as a result of their financial policies. As the debate continues, the action shifts between moments of everyday drama (a quarrelling couple) and a pastiche western showing on television (starring Danny Glover and Palestinian director Elia Suleiman). Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako makes his agenda clear from the outset. But he avoids polemic by leavening the rhetoric and statistics with casually observed incidents - mostly concerning singer Aïssa Maïga and her unemployed husband, Tiécoura Traoré - that give a human face to the political iniquities and inadequacies under discussion. Complex, unconventional and often cuttingly satirical, this is a challenging, fascinating and deeply disconcerting experience.

Plot Summary

Satirical political drama. As a Malian husband and wife struggle to keep their marriage alive, a trial held on their property assesses the impact of globalisation upon African society.

Cast and crew

Cast

Melé
Aïssa Maïga
Chaka
Tiécoura Traoré
Saramba
Hélène Diarra
Falaï
Habib Dembélé
Chaka's sister
Djénéba Koné
Journalist
Hamadoun Kassogué
President of the tribunal
Hamèye Founé Mahalmadane
Prosecuting lawyer
William Bourdon
Prosecutor
Magma Gabriel Konaté
Defense lawyer
Mamadou Konaté
Cowboy
Danny Glover
Cowboy
Elia Suleiman

Crew

Director
Abderrahmane Sissako

Other Information

Language: 
French +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Contains violence.
Available on DVD
Released 23 Feb 2007
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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