SÉMINAIRE DES DOCTORANTS EN DROIT
For the third stop on our journey through time, space, law and cinema, we land in the heart of West Africa to observe and discuss Abderrahmane Sissako’s critically acclaimed, Bamako (2006).
Filmed in a documentary style, Bamako questions the Western model of development aid and its real life consequences by portraying a mock trial of the people vs. the international financial institutions that takes place in a courtyard of Mali’s vibrant capital. Suffering under the debt regimes and structural adjustment programmes, citizens take their turn to testify against dominant economic ideologies and corporate corruption. Its raw aesthetics and experimental elements, such as a film-in-film, make Bamako a challenging but ultimately rewarding and important depiction of life under globalisation in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa.
For more information and future films suggestions: Edward Van Daalen