Bamako [videorecording] / New Yorker Films presents an Abderrahmane Sissako film, an Archipel 33, Chinguitty Film, Mali Images, Arte France co-production in association with Louverture Films ; produced by Denis Freyd and Abderrahmane Sissako ; written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako.
Melé, a bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, African civil society representatives have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, whom they blame for Africa's woes. As numerous trial witnesses air bracing indictments against the multinational economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward.
DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
French and Bambara dialogue, English subtitles.
Aïssa Maïa, Tiécoura Traoré, Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé, Djénéba Koné, Aïssata Tall Sall, Roland Rappaport, William Bourdon, Mamadou Konaté, Mamadou Savadogo, Danny Glover.
Director of photography, Jacques Besse ; editor, Nadia Ben Rachid ; costumes, Maji-da Abdi ; production designer, Mahamadou Kouyaté.
Special features: Interview with director Abderrahmane Sissako; interview with Danny Glover; comments from economists, scholars and activists; theatrical trailer.
Consensus: A courtroom drama and a portrait of everyday Mali life, Bamako approaches both subjects with equal skill and success.
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