A film by Abderrahmane Sissako

French Distribution • International Sales


A film by Abderrahmane Sissako

Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré, Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé, Djénéba Koné, Hamadoun Kassogué

French Distribution • International Sales

French Release on 18-10-2006

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 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...

« Aussi puissant que magnifique »

Les inrockuptibles

« Captivant »

Le journal du dimanche

« Une surprenante fable poético-politique »


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Producers: Archipel 33, Chinguitty Films
Co-producers: Mali Images, Arte France, Louverture Films
France Distribution: Les Films du Losange
International Sales: Les Films du Losange

Nationalities: France, Mali

Script: Abderrahmane Sissako
Cinematographer: Jacques Besse
Editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
Sound: Dana Farzanehpour
Production Designer: Mahamadou Kouyaté
Costumes: Maji-da Abdi

Duration: 1h58
Length: 3 268 m
Sound Format: Dolby SRD
Visa: 111392
Production Year: 2006