2006, Aderrahmane Sissoko, Mali/USA/France
With Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré
"Seething, complicated and disarmingly beautiful...a work of cool intelligence and profound anger, a long, dense, argument that is also a haunting visual poem."--A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"A passionate, challenging drama...leavened by the moments of brimming, illogical, intimate neighborly dailiness the filmmaker also captures with warmth and infectious high spirits."--Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
This critically acclaimed political drama—filled with a lush mix of warm colors and impassioned music—offers a unique opportunity for audiences to become familiar with contemporary Africa. An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank, blamed for perpetuating so many of the continent's woes. Meanwhile, daily life in the courtyard presses forward. Melé, a lounge singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up; a security guard's gun goes missing; a young man lies ill; a wedding procession passes through; and women keep everything rolling—dyeing fabric, minding children, spinning cotton, and speaking their minds. Co-executive produced by Danny Glover (who also has a cameo in the film). In French, Bambara, English, and Hebrew. (Description courtesy of Icarus Films)
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