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Moussa is a youth from Burkina Faso. He lives in the same village he where he was born along with his parents, his family and his wife, Fátima. He prefers to call her “Bamako” because it is there, in the capital of Mali, where he first met her before they were married and had their baby, Mamadou. The fields yield just enough food for them to survive but this precarious balance has broken down in recent times because of a long drought. Pushed by his responsibility to help his family, and after asking the advice of the elders of the village, Moussa decides to immigrate to Europe.

Technical details

  • Genre:Feature length documentary film
  • Running time: 94’
  • Release date:2007
  • Director:Omer Oke y Txarli Llorente
  • Cast: Djédjé Apali, Esther Vallés, Gorsy Edu
  • Producers:Abra Prod, S.L. and Fenix, P.C
  • Script:Joanes Urkixo
  • Music:Pascal Gaigne
  • Original version: French
  • Available language versions: French, Spanish, Basque
  • Executive producers: Joxe Portela
  • Marketing National: Abra Prod
  • Marketing International: Abra Prod
  • DVD: Barton Films


55th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain)

Festival de Cine español de Nantes (Nantes Spanish Film Festival) (France)

African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain)

Festival de Cine del Sur (Southern Film Festival) in Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela)

Muestra de Cine Europea Ciudad de Segovia (The City of Segovia European Film Festival) (Spain)

Environmental International Film Festival (France)

Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Havana (Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema) (Cuba)

Festivalito-Festival Internacional de Cine Chico (Festivalito-International Low-budget Films Festival) in the Canary Islands (Spain)

Festival Internacional de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas (The Indigenous Peoples International Film and Video Festival) (Bolivia)

Festival Internacional de Cinema i Drets Humans a Mallorca (International Cinema and Human Rights Festival in Majorca) (Spain)

Festival Internacional de Cine Pobre de Humberto Solas (Humberto Solas’ International Film Festival for the Economically Challanged) (Cuba) (It received the “Grand Prize for Best Feature Length Fictional Film” as well as a "Special Mention by the Foreign Press").


El Diario vasco
[...] Querida Bamako relies on all that along with a strong pulse and rhythm that doesn't fade. Omer and Txarli’s film is well-rounded. The camera is just where it should be. It speaks to real-life testimonies where you can clearly smell the stench and fear, feel the bite of the fleas and almost experience the horrors faced by each and every one of them. There are three actors that play out anger in their roles [...]

El Correo
[...] The reenactment that the directors Omer Oke and Txarli Llorente carry out in this modest semi-documentary style film couldn’t be more honest and sincere. It was filmed with few resources but a plethora of courage, which, is precisely what makes this story so interesting. A film, in short, that is as opportune as it is necessary. [...]


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