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Written and directed by the celebrated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Waiting for Happiness) and co-executive produced by Danny Glover (who also provides a cameo in the film), 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. Sissako, who grew up in the courtyard that the film is set in, hired professional lawyers and judges along with "witnesses" to express their true feelings. Bamako voices Africa's grievances in an original and profoundly moving way.
Director Ken Russell declared Bamako to be a "revolutionary lesson in contemporary film-making." The Observer's Philip French listed Bamako among his top 50 films of the past 5 decades. Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com, who named the film as his number one film of 2007, deemed the film a "fearless high-wire act, grim and witty, confrontational and self-mocking." A.O. Scott of The New York Times stated that he's "never seen a film quite like 'Bamako'... a work of cool intelligence and profound anger... necessary viewing."
- Interviews with: director Abderrahmane Sissako, executive producer / actor Danny Glover, Yao Graham (Third World Network Africa) and Gita Sen (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era)
- Harry Belafonte: clip from NY Film Festival panel
- Theatrical trailer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
- Optional English subtitles
- Scene Selections
- Essays by Aminata Traoré and Mahmood Mamdani
Meanwhile, life goes on in the courtyard.
Of course, the two opponent forces have very different ideas and they use statistics to support their arguments in a powerful and inspiring way.
Beautiful, moving, artistic and complex, it may be a little hard to understand for anyone totally unfamiliar with West African life.
If one has any interest in the continent of Africa, this is an incredible film - brilliant texture, stunning images, spot on story. Thank you Mr. Sissako.Published 19 days ago by iluvafrica
Bamako (with English subtitles) makes you think of the grand scheme of life at the same time as you're taken up with its daily details. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by M. R. Thissen
The film narrates something important in a very original way. It is not fast but makes one reflect.Published on September 16, 2009 by Assinie