Bamako Synopsis
Melé and her husband, Chaka, watch a trial in their shared courtyard.
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Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
One reason Bamako feels like a blast of sanity is that the theoretical debates about the state of the world, particularly Africa and more...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As demonstrated in his previous film, a plangent snapshot of subsistence called "Waiting for Happiness," Sissako is a poet, and the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The serious accusations are leavened by the moments of brimming, illogical, intimate neighborly dailiness the filmmaker also captures with...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Never mind Hollywood's big-star, big-budget hand-wringing about Africa - Bamako is the real thing.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Sissako has an unusual camera eye, patient and alert to the ebb and flow of both the courtroom sequences and the outside scenes. The music...
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By David Parkinson
Far from an easy watch, either in terms of its hard-hitting content, seemingly haphazard structuring or its dense symbolism. But this makes...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Bamako, with Sissako's poetic blend of the humdrum and the theoretical, is altogether fascinating. Dramatic features born and bred on the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A powerful polemic leavened with moments of beauty and humor.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Heated speeches about the International Monetary Fund, debt relief and global responsibility may not sound like your idea of Friday-night...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Credit Sissako for entertainingly blending serious international issues with the daily comings and goings of village life. A bit more...
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Beautiful & Important Film

By Abena
For those unfamiliar with Sissako's films, be prepared for a visual, intellectual and musical feast. What could be more timely than putting the World Bank and IMF on trial in the courtyard of an...