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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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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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Drama

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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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An Essay on African Social Injustice Lifts off the Page
10 September 2006 | by JamesterSee 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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