In the back garden of the communal dwelling in a poor district of Bamako, Mali, a people’s tribunal is set up to lay charges against the IMF and the World Bank on behalf of the people of Africa. The life of a female vocalist and her unemployed husband, who live in the house, are also influenced by the court case.

France/Mali 2006
Regie: Abderrahmane Sissako
118 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol


Zanga is driven away from his village on the Niger River as a boy because he was born out of wedlock. After living in the city for a long time and studying there, he returns to his village, now an adult. His return triggers a series of conflicts.

Mali/F/CND/Burkina Faso/D 2007
Regie: Salif Traoré
96 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Berlinale 2007, In Kooperation mit Caritas, Welthaus und Goethe-Institut


At age 15, Nanyuma was married to a 45-year-old man chosen by her parents (according to Bamanan tradition but against her will). She is left a widow with 2 children at age 23. Again according to tradition, she should now marry the younger brother of her dead husband. She objects to this plan and returns to her parents. When her father refuses to take her in, she leaves again in search of a childhood friend.

Mali 1989
Regie: Cheik Oumar Sissoko
107 min, 35mm, Farbe, OmenglU
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A story of cosmogony, an account of the origins of the universe. The film dramatizes this as a process of regeneration, both in the genealogical sense and in the sense of a rising from the ruins. It tells the story of a father’s quest to find and kill his son, and the son’s own journey to gain the powers necessary to fight back. Soma, the father, is fearful of the great supernatural power that his son, Nianankoro, has inherited from him, and summons the destructive forces of the gods to help him find Nianankoro and destroy him. read more