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Spotlight Cinema: Bamako
November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - November 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
An extraordinary trial is taking place in a residential courtyard in Bamako, the capital city of Mali. African citizens have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), whom civil society blames for perpetuating Africa’s debt crisis, at the heart of so many of the continent’s woes.
Written and directed by the celebrated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Oscar-nominated Timbuktu) and co-executive produced by Danny Glover (who also provides a cameo in the film), this critically acclaimed political drama—filled with a lush mix of warm colors and impassioned music—offers a unique opportunity for audiences to become familiar with contemporary Africa. Sissako, who grew up in the courtyard that the film is set in, hired professional lawyers and judges along with “witnesses” to express their true feelings. Bamako voices Africa’s grievances in an original and profoundly moving way.
“I’ve never seen a film quite like Bamako. A work of cool intelligence and profound anger; necessary viewing.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times