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18 October 2006 (France) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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the most stylish and and politically charged film since Godard's Tout Va Bien See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aïssa Maïga ... 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 ... Témoin 2

Danny Glover ... Cow-boy

Elia Suleiman ... Cow-boy

Abderrahmane Sissako ... Cow-boy (as Dramane Sissako)
Jean-Henri Roger ... Cow-boy
Zeka Laplaine ... Cow-boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Assa Badiallo Souko ... Witness 5
Zegué Bamba ... Witness 1
Dramane Bassaro ... Cowboy
Ferdinand Batsimba ... Cowboy
Boissou Berthé
Jean Paul Boiré ... Le gardien
Lamine Camara
Youssouf Camara ... L'huissier audiencier
Hassan Chérif
Mariam Cissé ... Un juge assesseur
Abdoulaye Coulibaly ... Le vendeur de lunettes
Nana Coulibaly
Souleymane Diagouraga ... Le malade
Oumou Berthé Diakité ... Un juge assesseur
Samba Diakité ... Witness 6
Alou Diarra ... Un juge assesseur
Diakaida Doumbia
Issa Doumbia
Pasteur Ezéquiel ... Le pasteur
Dahirou Iogo ... L'infirmier
Bina Keita
Georges Keita ... Witness 4
Madou Keita ... Witness 3
Mamou Kimbiry
Sali Konaté
Basékou Koné
Mamadou Loussine Koné ... L'enquêteur
Abdoulaye Kouyaté
Rokia Kouyaté ... La griotte
Hamèye Mahalmadane ... President of the tribunal
Andrew Mensah ... Le traducteur
Roland Rappaport ... Avocat de la defense
Aissata Tall Sall ... Avocate partie civile
Sahl Samaké ... Le policier
Mamadou Savadogo ... Avocat de la defense
Abdallah Sissoko
Fatoumata Sissoko
Jiddou Sissoko
Mohamed Sissoko ... Un enfant
N'Deye Sissoko ... La speakerine
Ramala Sissoko
Issa Socko
Hassane Soré
Oussène Soré
Bobo Tandina
Fodé Tounkara
Souleymane Tounkara ... Un enfant
Hawa Mamoudou Touré
Amindada Dramane Traoré
Hawa Traoré
Sanala Traoré ... Un enfant

Directed by
Abderrahmane Sissako 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abderrahmane Sissako 

Produced by
Maji-da Abdi .... executive producer
Joslyn Barnes .... executive producer
Denis Freyd .... producer
Danny Glover .... executive producer
Arnaud Louvet .... executive producer: Arte
François Sauvagnargues .... executive producer: Arte
Abderrahmane Sissako .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jacques Besse 
 
Film Editing by
Nadia Ben Rachid 
Pauline Casalis 
 
Production Design by
Mahamadou Kouyaté 
 
Costume Design by
Maji-da Abdi 
 
Makeup Department
Batoma Kouyaté .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Thomas Alfandari .... production manager
Ndiouga Moctar Ba .... production manager: Mali (as Moctar Bâ)
Dramane Traoré .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Tourret .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Lin Chang .... adr recordist
Geraldine Falieu .... assistant dialogue editor
Dana Farzanehpour .... sound
Charles Ferré .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound mixer
Christophe Winding .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Stephanie Boutinaud .... visual effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Beaurepaire .... gaffer
Emmanuel Daou .... still photographer
Makhete Diallo .... camera operator
Thomas Nikiema .... camera operator (as Thomas Nikéma)
Lydie Rappaport .... still photographer
Abdourahmane Somé .... camera operator
Gilles Viallard .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin .... editor: Colurus
Carlos Pinto .... assistant editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Raymond Terrentin .... colorist
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Clement Zveguintzoff .... digital conformation
 
Other crew
Sophie Audier .... script supervisor
Pierre Escande .... production assistant
Romeo Julien .... avid conformation
 

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115 min
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Certification:
Netherlands:9 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (DVD rating) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
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Crew or equipment visible: 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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
the most stylish and and politically charged film since Godard's Tout Va Bien, 3 December 2008
Author: jared-micah-johnson from United States

The film Bamako acts as a stylish docudrama covering the issue of the "African debt," along with other political turmoil, and daily Mali life in a quite brilliant marriage of the two in a storyline of a failing marriage coming to a close as a heated trial takes place in the courtyard outside of their home.

Watching the film, we witness a debate between parties over the accumulated debt owed to the World Bank, IMF, and other "foreign aid" and the subjugating and anti-progressive cycle, in which they are now stuck, taking place in a courtyard of Bamako, Mali. The people of the court consist of both actors and actual activists (a style of mixed film-making innovated by Werner Herzog and continually popularized by Harmony Korine). The trial, performed in the traditionally Western means of democracy, takes place in the midst of surviving African tradition and culture. Director Sissako further implements with increased power his argument against the discussed globalization with this reconciliation and at times even presents the hilarity of their coexistence (i.e. - the fact this is in a courtyard and not a courtroom, the elderly man who expects to be heard in his culture without permission to speak by a judge, the toddler's squeaking shoes sounding off throughout eloquent speeches).

One of the most interesting creative decisions of the film-making was the stylish inclusion of a film within the film, an ironic western starring Danny Glover, also a producer of the film, and Palestinian director Elia Suleiman. Here again Sissako makes multiple uses of an item, here with paralleling metaphors of pillaging bad guys as well as humorous parody of non-American westerns (popularized in Cambodia and Thailand (see Tears of the Black Tiger, a homage to Thai westerns in the 1950s), though I am unsure if this is truly a popular genre of Mali). Sissako has also admitted that he chose a multi-ethnic cast for the western in illustrating that it was not solely the West to be blamed for the troubles of Africa. I also see that many of the other users' comments show that they missed the intent of this scene, possibly because they don't expect such leveled humor from primitive Africa (racists!).

As a film geek, I could continue to shower the film in technical praise: the documentary style of filming adding a greater objectivity to the story, the beautiful shots like the man reclining beneath the rusty amplifier, sounding the song of the old man in court, the silent testimony of the schoolteacher, etc. However, I will stay objective in discussion of the film's politics. The film's points are clear. The foreign solution to poverty increased Mali's poverty due to privatization and lost government jobs. The foreign solution to its economic growth has hindered such growth by creating a structure dependent on exports and suffocating it with the accumulating interest of the debt. The sad excuse for a reduction of the debt is laughable as a solution. In other words, the cowboys were shooting aimlessly at nothing.

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