Screen/Society--Lights on Africa 2013/Dinner and a Movie series --"Bamako"
Film Screening - presented in connection with the Nasher Museum of Art's exhibition, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (March 21-July 21, 2013)
(Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006, 118 min, France, in French and Bambara with English subtitles, Color, DVD)
Abderrahmane Sissako wrote and directed this offbeat, satiric comedy which imagines how the powers that be in the West might be forced to answer for the damage they've done in the Third World. Mele (Aissa Maiga) is an attractive Malian lounge singer married to Chaka (Tiecoura Traore), though their relationship is on the verge of collapse. In their eyes, the African continent isn't in much better shape than their marriage, and one day a makeshift courtroom appears in the courtyard near their shabby home. In the courtyard, a handful of powerful international organizations, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, are put on trial for their crippling effect on the African economy; as the evidence is presented which explains how these "friends" of Africa have saddled the nations with debts they can never repay, witnesses explain how these actions impact the daily lives of ordinary citizens, who pass through the trial as they go on with their days.
--Bamako (aka The Court) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
-- Official Selection at Cannes, 2006! Won Lumiere Award for Best French-Language Film, 2007 and Paris Cinema Audience Award, 2006!
“An attack on globalization that is endlessly cogent, confrontational -- and, best of all, as captivating as it is illuminating.” -- Los Angeles Times
Cost: Free and Open to the Public!
Sponsors: The Nasher Museum of Art and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)