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A courtroom drama and a portrait of everyday Mali life, Bamako approaches both subjects with equal skill and success. Read critic reviews

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Her marriage on the rocks, cabaret singer Mele (Aissa Maiga) returns home after a degrading night of work and finds her apartment complex transformed into an elaborate tribunal in which the institutions of international capitalism are being put on trial. Her sister (Djénéba Koné) stands up alongside peasants, farmers and other citizens, appealing to the bureaucrats of the international banking cabal. A long night in pursuit of justice is offset by a sultry evening of Malian life.

Cast & Crew

Aissa Maiga
Mele
Maimouna Hélène Diarra
Saramba
Djénéba Koné
La soeur de Chaka
Hamadoun Kassogué
Le journaliste
William Bourdon
Avocat partie civile
Mamadou Kanouté
Avocat de la défense
Gabriel Magma Konate
Le procureur
Maji-da Abdi
Executive Producer
Joslyn Barnes
Executive Producer
Danny Glover
Executive Producer
Jacques Besse
Cinematographer
Mahamadou Kouyaté
Production Design
Maji-da Abdi
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  • Feb 28, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"Bamako" is set in the capital of Mali where a trial is being argued in the case of the African peoples vs the World Bank, alleging the World Bank through its usurious loans keeps Africa in a state of perpetual poverty. But after the opening arguments point out that the World Bank debt payments dwarf the social services budget of several countries, and the effect of poverty on the citizenry, very little evidence is presented, either way. Alas, the lawsuit is too broad to serve as the basis of a narrative movie and does not adequately give a face to African poverty.(The movie "Yesterday" did excel by bringing the AIDS epidemic down to a human level. And say what you will about "Boston Legal", but that is what it does on a weekly basis, with the issues of the day.) And despite the movie's urgent message, it almost gets lost in its own stridency towards the end.[/font]
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