Film Screening: Bamako

28 January 2020

Please join us for a free film screening of "Abderrahmane Sissako’s seething, complicated and disarmingly beautiful investigation of Africa’s social, economic and human crises.". Followed by a short discussion and Q&A around role of the international financial institutions in Africa.

In the Mali capital of Bamako, an outdoor trial is taking place in a dusty courtyard. Major financial institutions, the World Bank and the IMF, stand accused by local citizens eloquently protesting against policies on debt, trade and privatisation that have ravaged the African continent and stripped it of wealth. Broadcast over loudspeakers, the trial registers with some surrounding residents more than others while aspects of their lives – a marriage break-up, a serious illness and a TV movie – are all poignantly used as counterpoint to the legal proceedings. From Sissako, director of the recently acclaimed Timbuktu, this is a unique, elusive and commanding political work.

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