Bamako (2006)

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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 ... See full summary »


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10 September 2006 | Jamester
| An Essay on African Social Injustice Lifts off the Page
I'm hardly an expert on African economics, or social life, but this story whose political viewpoint is clearly African does what I think a movie should: it presents both sides of an issue -- in this case Mali's financial struggle and whether the World Bank and IMF should be blamed for the distress of the people.

Through a story that revolves around a court case, we see the stories of struggle of a wide range of people: mother, educator, escapee, unemployed person, and the average guy trying to make ends meet but having a difficult time.

For me, it clarified some of the issues and effects of fairly extreme poverty and lack of government prioritization for social services, health and education. It made the argument that a government may be at fault for selling out the country's future at the expense of developing a stronger base.

The bleakness, however does something bigger, or I hope it does -- I hope it gives strength to continue to fight as the producers, I think, would like.

See this. Africa is an important piece of the world and an important piece of the globalization of the world.

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Release Date:

18 October 2006


French, Bambara, English, Hebrew

Country of Origin

Mali, USA, France

Filming Locations

Bamako, Mali

Box Office


EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,183 18 February 2007

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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