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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
One of the most original cinematic achievements of the decade... It will leave your brain buzzing. --Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
A passionate challenging drama. Grade: A --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
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The film, in effect, aims to put global capitalism itself on trial and we, the audience, get to stand in as the jury. On the one hand, these organizations allow for the development of the nations they invest in: the creation of hospitals, roads, utilities, and the like. On the other hand, these development come with a steep price tag: conditions for such development include privatization of utilities, the selling off of local resources to the highest bidder, and the establishment of steep loans that have put several African countries in deep debt from which there is little possibility of emergence -- which means that their revenues must be put towards loans rather than education and even upkeep of the developments for which they paid so much.Read more ›
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Essentially, this film serves to answer (in consummate eloquence I might add) the billion dollar question: Why are all the native Black Africans (anyway), poor, dejected and seemingly in constant need of aid? The defendants in this landmark trial witnessed by the dispossessed of Africa: Principally, the IMF and World Bank.
As a Muslim, this film answers another glaring question, one I've periodically discussed with others. Why do the "powers that be" promote hatred against Islam? Is it because Muslims pray 5 times a day and wear long clothes to cover their bodies? No. It's because Islam forbids earning interest (or riba) on money!!! And, the prevailing world rulers, therefore, who earn buckets of money from interest do not want Islam to threaten their financial interests. In this film the words humane and inhumane are used quite often. Well, the epitome of inhumanity to man is INTEREST. It impoverishes individuals and nations.
This project really hits home with me particularly because I've seen South Africa (including Soweto) and Egypt and in both places it is the native Black African who suffers-- perennially. Even while making Hajj in Arabia-- I saw countless Africans missing their limbs, begging.
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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 12 months ago by iluvafrica
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
The Mauritian writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako brings us a powerful yet difficult to grasp with and appreciate drama following the fictional mock trial in which the World Bank... Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Codrin Stefan Arsene