L'Esprit de Mopti

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L'Esprit de Mopti
Directed by Moussa Ouane
Produced by Dominant 7, RVP Sud
Screenplay by Moussa Ouane, Pascal Letellier
Cinematography Jacques Besse
Edited by Carole Equer-Harmy
Release date
Running time
45 minutes
Country France

L'Esprit de Mopti (English: spirit of Mopti) is a 1999 documentary film about the city of Mopti, Mali, directed by Moussa Ouane.


In central Mali, where desert and savannah meet, lies Mopti, a major Muslim city and commercial junction on the Niger river. Every Thursday, merchants from different ethnic groups meet at the market. All the languages spoken in Mali are used in Mopti where bartering reigns according to ancient tradition. This is the “spirit of Mopti”, made up of tolerance, humour, respect for the other, exchange and trade. This documentary describes this spirit through five representative characters: a Dogon, a Bozo, a Fulani herder, a Tuareg stockbreeder, and a Bella son of the city and carter.[1][2]



  1. ^ Barlet, Olivier. "L'Esprit de Mopti". Africultures (in French). Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Spirit of Mopti". Time Out Film Guide. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Festival 2000 Awards Winner". Festival press release. 2000. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

L'esprit de Mopti on IMDb