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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Aissa Maiga
William Bourdon
Directors
Abderrahmane Sissako
Screenwriters
Abderrahmane Sissako
Running Time
117 minutes

Bamako
Domestic strife and political polemic in this African drama.


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Bamako

Plot
A trial is set up in a makeshift court within the courtyard of some Malian residences against the IMF and World Bank and its alleged exploitation of Africa. Meanwhile life continues around it, with Mele, a local singer having serious misgivings about life with her unemployed husband...


Verdict
Far from an easy watch, either in terms of its hard-hitting content, seemingly haphazard structuring or its dense symbolism. But this makes sense of the political intricacies by balancing the rhetoric and statistics with everyday occurrences that give the iniquities and inadequacies a human face.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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