Dearest Bamako

Synopsis:

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.

Genre: Feature length documentary film
Running time: 94′
Year of production: 2007
Original version: French
Versions available: French, Spanish and Basque language
Director: Omer Oke y Txarli Llorente
Screenplay: Joanes Urkixo
Actors:
Djédjé Apali, Esther Vallés, Gorsy Edu
Producers: Abra Prod and Fenix P. C.
Executive producers: Joxe Portela
Music: Pascal Gaigne
Marketing:

National: Abra Prod | International: Abra Prod | DVD: Barton Films

INTERNATIONAL
Nantes Spanish Film Festival (France)
Southern Film Festival in Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela)
Environmental International Film Festival (France)
Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Cuba)
The Indigenous Peoples International Film and Video Festival (Bolivia)
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”).
NATIONAL
55th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain)
African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain)
Muestra de Cine Europea Ciudad de Segovia (The City of Segovia European Film Festival) (Spain)
Festivalito-International Low-budget Films Festival in the Canary Islands (Spain)
International Cinema and Human Rights Festival in Majorca (Spain)
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. […]