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Melé
Tiécoura Traoré ...
Chaka
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ...
Saramba (as Hélène Diarra)
Balla Habib Dembélé ...
Falaï (as Habib Dembélé)
Djénéba Koné ...
La soeur de Chaka
Hamadoun Kassogué ...
Le journaliste
William Bourdon ...
Avocat partie civile
Mamadou Kanouté ...
Avocat de la défense (as Mamadou Konaté)
Gabriel Magma Konate ...
Le procureur (as Magma Gabriel Konaté)
Aminata Traoré ...
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Cow-boy
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Cow-boy
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Cow-boy (as Dramane Sissako)
Jean-Henri Roger ...
Cow-boy
Zeka Laplaine ...
Cow-boy
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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 Anonymous

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18 October 2006 (France)  »

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Das Weltgericht von Bamako  »

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Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,842 (USA) (16 February 2007)

Gross:

$112,351 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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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 »

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An Essay on African Social Injustice Lifts off the Page
10 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm hardly an expert on African economics, or social life, but this story whose political viewpoint is clearly African does what I think a movie should: it presents both sides of an issue -- in this case Mali's financial struggle and whether the World Bank and IMF should be blamed for the distress of the people.

Through a story that revolves around a court case, we see the stories of struggle of a wide range of people: mother, educator, escapee, unemployed person, and the average guy trying to make ends meet but having a difficult time.

For me, it clarified some of the issues and effects of fairly extreme poverty and lack of government prioritization for social services, health and education. It made the argument that a government may be at fault for selling out the country's future at the expense of developing a stronger base.

The bleakness, however does something bigger, or I hope it does -- I hope it gives strength to continue to fight as the producers, I think, would like.

See this. Africa is an important piece of the world and an important piece of the globalization of the world.


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