African film puts IFIs on trial at Cannes

19 June 2006

The only African film to show at the 2006 Cannes film festival, Bamako, focuses on the injustices Africa has faced at the hands of the World Bank, the IMF, and other Western-dominated institutions. The film, by Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako, weaves the story of a mock court set up to put the international institutions on trial, with the stories of the inhabitants of a poor section of the city Bamako in Mali. Bamako, won praise from critics for its acting, storytelling, and ability to educate the world about the consequences of globalisation.