Bamako (2006)

Caught in the stranglehold of debt and structural adjustment, the African continent is fighting for its survival. In the face of this disaster, representatives of African society bring an action against international financial institutions.… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 2, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A courtroom drama and a portrait of everyday Mali life, Bamako approaches both subjects with equal skill and success.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

A courtroom drama with a difference.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

[An] intimate, urgent and wildly imaginative indictment of post-colonial economic policies in Africa.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Bamako Puts Globalization on Trial

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Unlike other recent films about the plight of Africa, Bamako channels its outrage more directly, yet with greater subtlety, by recruiting real-life witnesses to Africa's economic crises.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Trial movies can be painful, but Bamako is a powerful polemic leavened with moments of beauty and humor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bamako is an amazing polemical political film like no other.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

If Jean-Luc Godard had kept his sense of humor, he might be making engaging movies like Bamako.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Bamako is an attack on globalization that is endlessly cogent, confrontational -- and, best of all, as captivating as it is illuminating.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Issue-driven drama has rarely been so polemic as it is in this fierce attack on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund's role in African poverty.

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[font=Century Gothic]"Bamako" is set in the capital of Mali where a trial is being argued in the case of the African peoples vs the World Bank,… More

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