Friday, April 06, 2007

Scenes from Bamako

View trailer and scenes from Bamako.

Danny Glover Puts Globalization on Trial

From Newsday

Danny Glover' globalization

April 6, 2007

Danny Glover isn't one to sit around waiting for his agent to send him a script for "Lethal Weapon X." He takes a direct hand in managing his own career, negotiating his own film projects. Among those he's negotiated that have come to fruition lately is "Bamako," a film by African director Abderrahmane Sissako ("Waiting for Happiness") opening tonight at Cinema Arts Centre.

Glover, who produced the film, makes a personal appearance at the Huntington film center following the 8 p.m. screening. He'll be interviewed by Newsday critic Gene Seymour in a discussion of "Bamako" and its underlying premise - that globalization spawns so-called "vulture funds," which subjugate Third World nations while fueling the cycle of the poor getting poorer and the rich getting richer.

Bamako Review

From The New York Post:

February 14, 2007 -- JUDGE Judy's courtroom was never like this.

The trial in "Bamako," written and directed by crit ics' favorite Abderrahmane Sissako, is being held in the courtyard of a house in a poor section of Bamako, Mali.

Insects swarm around the judges, who are seated at a long table. The setting allows just about anybody to interrupt the legal proceedings: A wedding party passes, a woman insists on singing until a judge gives her money, and an exotic femme fatale named Mele (Aissa Maiga) comes out of her house to get somebody to tie up the back of her colorful dress.

The surroundings may be humble, but the issues argued by eloquent French lawyers aren't: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are being sued over policies that allegedly have inflicted heavy debt on Africa.

When "Bamako" isn't involved with the legal matters, it turns to Mele (a lounge singer whose performances bookend the trial), her unemployed husband and their child. Attention is focused on the husband when a sleeping cop's gun is stolen.

As an added touch, Sissako throws in a movie within the movie: "Death in Timbuktu," a tongue-in-cheek spaghetti Western featuring Danny Glover.

Credit Sissako for entertainingly blending serious international issues with the daily comings and goings of village life. A bit more Glover wouldn't have hurt - but you can't have everything.

BAMAKO In French and Bambara, with English subtitles. Running time: 118 minutes. Not rated (mock violence). At Film Forum, Houston Street, west of Sixth Avenue.

Bamako press release

Bamako reviews and ticket information.

Danny Glover asks us to sign Bamako Petition

Danny Glover Speaking on the Importance of his New Movie Bamako

Looks like another interesting, thought provoking movie worth seeing.

Amazing Grace

Here's an interesting movie worth seeing about how a small group of people lobbied to get the slave trade illegal in England.