Abderrahmane Sissako (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A Malian community organises a makeshift trial to prosecute the World Bank and other international organisations for causing Africa's economic problems. Meanwhile, a bar singer living in the area and her unemployed husband face up to the fact that their marriage may be over. Satirical drama, starring Aissa Maiga and Tiecoura Traore. In French and Bambara.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Abderrahmane Sissako
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: DVDReleased on: 23 Feb 2007