Berlinale

Bamako

Synopsis
In a poor neighbourhood in Bamako, Mali’s capital city, Mele, a stunningly beautiful bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka have a marriage that is on the rocks. Around them, others are not able to make ends meet. In the courtyard of their house, a trial court has been set up while everyday life goes on.African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other institutions that have been responsible for bringing most African countries to financial ruin. Many of these nations spend about ten billion dollars on debt service every year while public services such as health and education are slighted.To make matters worse, privatisation of water, schools and other aspects of life put further burdens on the poor. So Sissako gathers lawyers, judges and witnesses to put globalisation itself on trial.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2006

Theatrical release in Germany
February 2007

Rights sold to
France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, USA

Festivals (selection)
Cannes International Film Festival 2006
Toronto International Film Festival 2006
New York International Film Festival 2006
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2006
Pusan International Film Festival 2006
Munich International Film Festival 2006
Vienna International Film Festival 2006
globale Film Festival Berlin, 2007

Mali / France 2006
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Producer: Mali images, Chinguitty Films and Archipel Films
German distributor: Kairos Filmverleih
World Sales: Les Films du Losange (France)

Funded in the WCF-jury meetings in October 2006
Distribution Funding: 8,000 €