Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Countries of production: France, Mali, United States | Year: 2006 | Length: 115 min
Language: French with English subtitles | Certificate: PG Cert

Screened as part of TOAFF08

Bamako depicts a mock trial in which the West is put on trial for greed and neglect.

Bar singer Melé is on the verge of breaking up with her out of work husband Chaka. Their life is poetically mirrored in the trial court, which has been set up in the courtyard of the house they share with other families. In the trial, African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF whom they blame for Africa’s woes.

“Seething, complicated and disarmingly beautiful investigation of Africa’s social, economic and human crises.”
New York Times

“The serious accusations are leavened by the moments of brimming, illogical, intimate neighborly dailiness the filmmaker also captures with warmth and infectious high spirits.”
Entertainment Weekly

Lumiere Awards, France, Winner, Best French-Language Film
Paris Cinema, Winner, Audience Award
Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection

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