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Bamako (2006)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aïssa Maïga ... Melé
Tiécoura Traoré Tiécoura Traoré ... Chaka
Maimouna Hélène Diarra Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Saramba (as Hélène Diarra)
Habib Dembélé Habib Dembélé ... Falaï
Djénéba Koné Djénéba Koné ... La soeur de Chaka
Hamadoun Kassogué Hamadoun Kassogué ... Le journaliste
William Bourdon William Bourdon ... Avocat partie civile
Mamadou Kanouté Mamadou Kanouté ... Avocat de la défense (as Mamadou Konaté)
Gabriel Magma Konate Gabriel Magma Konate ... Le procureur (as Magma Gabriel Konaté)
Aminata Traoré Aminata Traoré ... Témoin 2
Danny Glover ... Cow-boy
Elia Suleiman ... Cow-boy
Abderrahmane Sissako ... Cow-boy (as Dramane Sissako)
Jean-Henri Roger Jean-Henri Roger ... Cow-boy
Zeka Laplaine Zeka Laplaine ... Cow-boy
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Storyline

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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Country:

Mali | USA | France

Language:

French | Bambara | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 October 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Weltgericht von Bamako See more »

Filming Locations:

Bamako, Mali See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,842, 18 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,351, 26 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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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Avocat partie civile: We cannot throw Paul Wolfowitz into the Niger. The caimans wouldn't want him.
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Good Points, but Dubiously pitched and Aesthetizised
14 March 2007 | by za-andresSee all my reviews

Bamako is more a PBS special than a flat out film. It chronicles a trial in which the World Bank is on trial itself. The film is quite anti Bush-era corporate interests (IMF, World Bank, and G8 are among the villains name-checked), but through the film (I don't even know what it is, a doc. or a film) comes the film maker's true anger which is surprisingly stimulated. In between the quasi-entertaining court-room arguments and the callous shots of town, there isn't much room to inhale pure film making. (There's even a bizarre mock-movie staring Danny Glover as in assassin in a haphazard African town.) And yet, despite the film's slog, there's something in Bamako that keeps it quietly vital, making it a true case of moral politics but pretty much a slog of a film.


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