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KABALA

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KABALA

Director: Assane Kouyaté
Mali   |   2002   |   112 minutes
Bambara, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Magic spells lend a helping hand in this debut feature about a young man's troubled relationship with his native village in Mali. Because of ancient prejudices, Hamalla was banished. He returns four years later versed in modern technology at a time the village's future is precarious because the holy well of the ancestors, symbol of the spirituality of the entire community, is contaminated. In the face of epidemic, the villagers resist all of Hamalla's attempts to convince them of the need to purify the water. Assane Kouyaté's poetic vision cleverly bridges the film's themes of the necessity of accepting technology, while at the same time leaves no doubt of the power of traditional ways.

About the Director Assane Kouyaté was born in Bamako, Mali, in 1954. After a postgraduate degree in French studies, he obtained a diploma from The Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) in 1989. His graduate film, Thérese and Patrick, received acclaim at the Tashkent Film Festival, Uzbekistan. In 1994, after completing several documentaries and advertising films, Kouyaté was a cast member in Zéka Lapaine's film, Macadam Tribe (1994) , and from 1998 through 2000 he served as the assistant director for Aphrodita by the Argentine filmmaker Pablo Caesar.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.



CAST

Hammala - Modibo Traoré
Sokona - Djénéba Kone
Seriba - Fily Traoré
Siribi - Hamadoun Kassogue
Namory - Siaka Iarra
Fakourou - Sory Ibrahima Koita
Badji - Baba Dabo
Bayass - Nakani Koné

CREW

Director - Assane Kouyaté
Production Company - Farafina Dambe/ CNPC prod.
Producers - Assane Kouyaté, Youssouf Coulibaly
Screenwriter - Francine Jean-Baptiste, Assane Kouyaté
Cinematographer - Abdoul Karim Dembele
Production Designer - Jean-Michel Humeau
Sound - Kletigui Dembele, Bakary Sangare
REVIEWS

"Eye-catching visuals" -Variety

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2002
Official Selection, CANNES INTERNATIONAL CRITICS WEEK
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

2003
Jury Special Prize; ECOWAS African Integration Award; SIGNIS Award; UNDP Award; Best Screenplay; CNSS Award for Health and Security at Work, OUAGADOUGOU PANAFRICAN FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL

2004
PARIS CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Special Mention, ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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