Bamako (film)

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Bamako
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Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Produced by Archipel 33
Arte France Cinéma
Chinguitty Films
Louverture Films
Mali Images
New Yorker Films
Starring Aïssa Maïga
Tiécoura Traoré
Distributed by Artificial Eye / New Yorker Films
Release dates
  • 21 May 2006 (2006-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 18 October 2006 (2006-10-18) (France)
  • 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14) (United States)
Running time 115 minutes
Country Mali
France
United States
Language French
Bambara
Budget €2 million

Bamako is a 2006 film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, first released at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May[1] and in Manhattan by New Yorker Films on 14 February 2007.

The film depicts a trial taking place in Bamako, the capital of Mali, amid the daily life that is going on in the city. In the midst of that trial, two sides argue whether the World Bank and International Monetary Fund which are guided by special interest of developed nations and the legacy of Colonization and issues that came from colonization as well as the numerous post colonial hang ups, or perhaps it's corruption and the individual nations' mismanagement, that's guilty of the current financial state of many poverty-stricken African countries as well as the rest of the poor undeveloped world.[2][3]

Danny Glover, one of the film's executive producers, also guest-stars as an actor in a Western film (called Death in Timbuktu) that some children are watching on the television in one scene.[4]

Accolades[edit]

Actress Aïssa Maïga was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2007.

Bamako was the recipient of the first Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) given at the Istanbul International Film Festival in April 2007.[5]

Bamako won the award for Best French-Language Film/Meilleur Film Francophone at the Prix Lumière

Bamako was also the winner of the Audience Award at the Paris Cinema in 2006.

Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir selected the film when asked to present one film within the Maryland Film Festival in 2008.

Reception[edit]

The film was received a Metacritic score of 81 out of 100 which meant the film was met with critical acclaim. The film has a score of 85% with a certified "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 54 reviews with the consensus being it is "A courtroom drama and a portrait of everyday Mali life, Bamako approaches both subjects with equal skill and success."[6] The film received much praise for its direction by director Abderrahmane Sissako.

Entertainment Weekly gave Bamako an A, calling it "a passionate, challenging drama from the fine Mauritanian writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako" and that it brings "moments of brimming, illogical, intimate neighborly dailiness the filmmaker also captures with warmth and infectious high spirits".[7]

A. O. Scott from The New York Times gave the film an overwhelmingly positive review saying that "he has never seen a film quite like "Bamako" and praising the director Abderrahmane Sissako vision as a "seething, complicated and a disarmingly beautiful investigation of Africa’s social, economic and human crises" and going on to describe the film as "something different, a work of cool intelligence and profound anger, a long, dense, argument that is also a haunting visual poem".[8]

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune in his review gave the film 3 1/2 stars out of 4 and said "Sissako has an unusual camera eye, patient and alert to the ebb and flow of both the courtroom sequences and the outside scenes. The music is wonderful as well."[9]

Wesley Morris from the Boston Globe in his extremely and overwhelmingly positive review said "As demonstrated in his previous film, a plangent snapshot of subsistence called "Waiting for Happiness," Sissako is a poet, and the filmmaking in this new picture is stuff of a deserving laureate."[10]

The Empire review gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and spoke that the film is "Far from an easy watch, either in terms of its hard-hitting content, seemingly haphazard structuring or its dense symbolism. But this makes sense of the political intricacies by balancing the rhetoric and statistics with everyday occurrences that give the iniquities and inadequacies a human face."[11]

The review in The Washington Post said "No one can deny the powerful reality that weaves its way through Bamako."[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Bamako". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  2. ^ BILL MEYER (17 November 2006). "Bamako: An African indictment of the World Bank". People's World.org. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Dave Calhoun (16 October 2006). "Bamako (PG)". TimeOutLondon. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ DemocracyNow (16 February 2007). "Bamako: Danny Glover Produces and Stars in New Film Putting the World Bank and IMF on Trial in Africa". DemocracyNow. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ ""Bamako", winner of the first Council of Europe film award in Istanbul". Council of Europe. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bamako (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa. "Bamako Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Scott, A.O. "World Bank in the Docket, Charged With Africa’s Woes". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Phillips, Michael. "IMF trial lets 'Bamako' court outside issues". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Morris, Wesley. "Africans challenge global corruption in 'Bamako' courtroom". Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Parkinson, David. "Domestic strife and political polemic in this African drama.". Empire Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Hornaday, Ann. "Out of Africa: 'Bamako,' a Fanciful Tale With a Moral Ending". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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