House of Vans London

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Bamako

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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 has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF, whom they blame for Africa’s woes. Amid the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the courtyard. Chaka does not seem to be concerned by Africa’s novel desire to fight for its rights.

The film is shown as a double bill with Abderrahmane Sissako’s recent film Timbuktu (2014) at 6pm.

Note: The film does not have trailers and starts at the advertised time. This is a free unticketed event. Please arrive early to guarantee your seat.

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 12A
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Starring: Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré, Maimouna Hélène Diarra
Duration: 115 minutes
Language: French, Bambara, English, Hebrew (English subtitles)
Released: 2006