Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court ... See full summary »
Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF whom they blame for Africa's woes... Amidst the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the courtyard. Chaka does not seem to be concerned by this novel Africa's desire to fight for its rights... Written by
During the inset "Death in Timbuktu" "western," just before the first gunshot, a car can be seen moving between two buildings in the background. This, however, could be interpreted as intentional by the director, who was parodying non-Western interpretations of a "western" (other countries who partake in a love of westerns are Thailand and Cambodia). The child in this scene is also wearing a Nike shirt. The effect is to present the sort of low-budget, pulp film one might see in a television broadcast in Mali, while supplying a metaphor to the actual movie's plot. See more »
This movie shows clearly how the harmful actions by Europeans over centuries have ruined an entire continent, and continue to doom millions of people to death or extreme poverty even today. The French are shown as the hypocrites they are, blaming the evil Anglo-Saxons for a system in which they have a voice but their voice is silent. In reality they are the ones responsible for many of these countries and they should be spearheading and organizing efforts to help them develop to a decent standard of living. The US, as the country which benefited the most from the pillage of Africa and still does, should contribute the most of course. It is understood it was unknown what was going to happen after decolonization, and there were a lot of bad feelings at the time, the cold war, and so on. But now 50 years later, it should be obvious to everyone that those countries need help, and that Reaganomics make no sense in countries which don't a strong economy and a strong judicial to begin with. It's about time the Western countries start repairing the damage. Erasing the debt doesn't begin to cover it. They also have to build schools, hospitals, provide medications, train administrators, subsidize local entrepreneurs, and everything else these countries need until they have an economy which can sustain itself. Make no mistake. After the Africans also overthrow their corrupted leaders like the Arabs did, they will be asking for these things, and they won't be fooled by a few good words from a black US president or a French socialist at the IMF. The West needs to get its act together. Someone please get Sarkozy and Obama to watch this movie.
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