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.
Latest IMF guidance on gender issues raises more questions than answers as it opens the door to impact assessments and alternative macro policies.
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