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In Conversation

  • Akin Adesokan is associate professor of comparative literature and of cinema and media studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include Roots in the Sky, Postcolonial Artists and Global Aesthetics, and Celebrating D. O. Fagunwa: Aspects of African and World Literary History.


Balla Moussa Keita, Ismaila Sarr, Fousseyni Sissoko, Goundo Guisse,

College kids Bah and Batrou seem to have inherited the earth, or at least Mali’s part of it: he’s the descendant of an African chieftain, and she’s the daughter of a military governor. But they’re coming of age during a dictatorship, and as their political activism grows, they soon start to realize who really holds the power. Joining the pot-smoking hippies and uptight generals of Hollywood antiauthoritarian caricatures with particularly pointed (and high-stakes) Malian plot lines, Cissé’s remarkable satire on Africa’s ruling class is by turns fierce, romantic, and ultimately hopeful; the wind, it seems, could indeed be shifting.

Jason Sanders
  • Souleymane Cissé
  • Etienne Carton de Grammont
  • Bambara
  • with English electronic titling
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital file
  • 100 mins
  • Eclair Cinema SAS