2006. Mali. Abderrahmane Sissako. 115 min.
Discussion with Sissako
Saturday, June 27, 2009, 5:15 p.m.
2006. Mali. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. Melé is a singer in a bar, her husband is out of work, and the couple is on the verge of breaking up. The quotidian life of their village is interrupted when a tribunal court is set up in the courtyard of the house the couple shares with other families; African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank, the G8, and the IMF, whom they blame for Africa’s woes. The dilemmas confronted in the film—economic development versus cultural exploitation, bureaucratic efficiency versus corruption, modernization versus cultural extinction—are encapsulated by a film-within-a-film Western sequence that draws upon Moustapha Alassane’s Le Retour d’un Aventurier. Bamako won the Grand prix du Public des Rencontres du Festival Paris Cinema. In Bambara, French; English subtitles. 115 min.