Mali (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

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Brightness (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo, Balla Moussa Keita

Votes: 2,025

Bamako (2006)
81 metascore

Bamako (2006)

115 min | Drama

Bamako. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work and the couple is on the verge of breaking up... In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court ... See full summary »

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Aïssa Maïga, Tiécoura Traoré, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Habib Dembélé

Votes: 1,234 | Gross: $0.11M

Faro: Goddess of the Waters (2007)

96 min | Drama

Zanga is driven out of his village. After many years, he returns to find out who is father is. At the moment of his arrival, something happens that the villagers interpret as the river spirit Faro's angry reaction to the bastard's coming.

Director: Salif Traoré | Stars: Sotigui Kouyaté, Habib Dembélé, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Djénéba Koné

Votes: 86

Life on Earth (1998)

61 min | Comedy, Drama

In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the ... See full summary »

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Abderrahmane Sissako, Nana Baby, Mohamed Sissako, Bourama Coulibaly

Votes: 336

Africa Mia (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Music | Post-production

1964. In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist regimes. They invent a ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Minier, Edouard Salier

Work (1978)

90 min | Drama

A young manager of a factory encounters a man walking along a road who says his family traditionally are servants to the manager's family. The manager offers him a job, and as he watches ... See full summary »

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Balla Moussa Keita, Baba Niare, Bubukar Keita, Omou Diarra

Votes: 182

Genesis (1999)

102 min | Drama

The biblical story of Jacob and Esau.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Sotigui Kouyaté, Salif Keita, Balla Moussa Keita, Fatoumata Diawara

Votes: 174

Mali Blues (2016)
85 metascore

Mali Blues (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

Mali's Music defines the country's cultural identity. Radical Islamists are threatening the musicians. Together with the stars of Malian Global Pop - Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté ... See full summary »

Director: Lutz Gregor | Stars: Fatoumata Diawara, Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Bassékou Kouyaté, Master Soumy

Votes: 85 | Gross: $0.01M

The Double Steps (2011)

86 min | Adventure, Drama

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Director: Isaki Lacuesta | Stars: Bokar Dembele, Miquel Barceló, Alou Cisse, Hamadoun Kassogué

Votes: 148

The Young Girl (1975)

88 min | Drama

A young mute woman is raped and becomes pregnant, with disastrous consequences within her family. The film also sketches the social/economic situation in urban Mali in the 1970s, ... See full summary »

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Dounamba Dany Coulibaly, Gogo Danba, Fanta Diabate, Omou Diarra

Votes: 85

Waati (1995)

140 min | Drama

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Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Sidi Yaya Cissé, Mariame Amerou Mohamed Dicko, Balla Moussa Keita, Vusi Kunene

Votes: 43

The Wind (1982)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Finye tackles the generation gap in post-colonial West Africa. Its heroine is the pot smoking daughter of a provincial military governor who falls in love with a fellow university student, the descendent of one of Mali's chiefs.

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Fousseyni Sissoko, Goundo Guissé, Balla Moussa Keita, Ismaila Sarr

Votes: 234

I'll Sing for You (2001)
61 metascore

I'll Sing for You (2001)

Unrated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

It is a love story told by a singer whose music takes us on a social, political and geographic voyage of Mali from 1960 to our days.

Director: Jacques Sarasin | Stars: Haruna Barry, Dèmba-Kane Niang, Madieye Niang, Blaise Pascal

Votes: 75 | Gross: $0.01M

Gringo Trails (2013)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

Gringo Trails raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful global industries of our time: tourism. With stunning footage from Bolivia, Thailand, Mali, and Bhutan, the film follows... See full summary »

Director: Pegi Vail | Stars: Costas Christ, Yossi Ghinsberg, Pico Iyer, Holly Morris

Votes: 100 | Gross: $0.01M

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, History

In our post-9/11 world, a greater understanding across cultures is more important than ever before, yet the purpose of this program is not simply to provide political or historical context.... See full summary »

Director: Robert H. Gardner | Stars: Mohammad Al-Asad, Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom, Afshan Bokhari

Votes: 85

Jihadists (2016)

75 min | Documentary, War

Filmmakers expose the radical ideologists indoctrinating thousands of jihadists.

Directors: François Margolin, Lemine Ould M. Salem | Stars: Oumar Ould Hamaha, François Margolin

Votes: 61 | Gross: $0.00M

Guimba the Tyrant (1995)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Documents the rise and fall of a cruel and despotic village chief Guimba, and his son Jangine in a fictional village in the Sahel of Mali.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Habib Dembélé, Lamine Diallo, Maimouna Hélène Diarra

Votes: 197

The Destruction of Memory (2016)

81 min | Documentary

The war against culture, and the battle to save it.

Director: Tim Slade | Stars: Amr Al-Azm, Saba Al-Kuntar, Fatou Bensouda, Robert Bevan

Votes: 36

Our House (2015)

96 min | Documentary

This is about a house in Bamako , an artist's house. This house is a link to his parents, to his history, to his memories. One day in 2008, his sisters are unlawfully evicted from it. This ... See full summary »

Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Aminata Cissé, Badjénèba Cissé, Magnini Koroba Cissé

Votes: 10

Kabala (2002)

112 min | Drama, Romance

Hamalla is banished from his village in Mali, due to ancient prejudices. He returns four years later versed in modern technology at a time in which the village's future hangs on the brink ... See full summary »

Director: Assane Kouyaté | Stars: Modibo Traoré, Djénéba Koné, Fily Traoré, Hamadoun Kassogué

Votes: 29

Africa, Blood & Beauty (2012)

90 min | Documentary, History

This film speaks of archaic peoples, their customs and mores, in an attempt to make the last snapshots of their traditional lifestyles before they are gone for good.

Director: Sergey Yastrzhembsky | Star: Lambert Wilson

Votes: 15

Mother of the Dunes (1997)

90 min | Drama

The story of Zamiatou, a Songhaï woman, in North Eastern Mali. With two young sons, a pretty daughter and a handicapped husband, Zamiatou struggles to survive in a remote and barren area. ... See full summary »

Director: Abdoulaye Ascofare | Stars: Aminata Ousmane, Balla Moussa Keita, Safiatou Mahamane, Oumar Mbarek

Votes: 40

Skirt Power (1997)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of woman in an African village finds a mystical mask. Using the mask, they reverse gender roles, women act like men, and men act like women.

Director: Adama Drabo | Stars: Fanta Berete, Dumu Berté, Yamadou Cissé, Fanta Coulibary

Votes: 47

Océan (2013)

31 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

It's the holiday period of the Summer of 79, by the ocean. 10-year-old Jean realizes that his mother and father don't love each other anymore. Suddenly, the family is confronted with death.

Director: Emmanuel Laborie | Stars: Adam Lenglen, Julia Faure, Michaël Abiteboul, Cyrius Rosset

Votes: 17

Tell Me Who You Are (2009)

135 min | Drama

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Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Sokona Gakou, Assane Kouyate, Badra Alou Sissoko

Votes: 29

No Land No Food No Life (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

No Land No Food No Life is a hard-hitting film which explores sustainable peasant and community agriculture and the urgent calls for an end to corporate global land grabs.

Director: Amy Miller | Stars: Céline Bonnier, Neve Campbell

Votes: 33

Nyamanton (1986)

90 min | Drama

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Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Chaka Diarra, Alikaou Kanté, Maciré Kanté, Koti

Votes: 23

Behind the Blue Veil (2013)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, History

This revealing film documents the remaining fragments of the nomadic Tuareg culture and examines a people's struggle for survival from a variety of perspectives.

Director: Robyn Symon

Macadam tribu (1996)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Zeka Laplaine | Stars: Sidy Camara, André Carvello, Habib Dembélé, Boubacar S. Diarra

Votes: 8

O Sembene! (2013)

56 min | Documentary

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Director: Souleymane Cissé

Le Message du Issa Ber (2011)

63 min | Documentary

A journey along the sounds from the banks of Issa Ber.

Director: Quino Piñero

Intérieurs du delta (2009)

77 min | Documentary, Family, History

The life of a family of fishermen, in the inland delta of the Niger river in Mali, is stricken by the effects of globalization: the rise of the price of oil and basic goods, the collapse of... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain L'Espérance

Le masque de San (2015)

84 min | Drama

A man and an African mask both return to their native Mali, where they embark on an ethnological road trip, which transforms with every step deeper into the African bush, eventually ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Sarasin | Stars: Bakary Sangaré, Mamadou Kaba Diané, Viviane Sidibé, Anne Kreis

Votes: 10

Bamunan (1990)

100 min

Daily life in a rural village of Mali. Harvest, children's games, a wedding, a theft, the clumsy intervention of the police, and a leper despised by the whole village.

Director: Issa Falaba Traoré | Stars: Mamadou Doumbia, Maîmouna Kone, Marietou Kouyaté, Ibrahima Sory Togola

Finzan (1989)

107 min | Drama

Two women rebel against the traditions of a village society.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Oumar Namory Keita, Koti, Bala Moussa, Diarrah Sanogo

Votes: 44

Fire! (1991)

100 min | Drama

A young forest ranger who sees that his work holds the key to the future of his country is disgusted at the short-sighted, money-grubbing ways of his superiors.

Director: Adama Drabo | Stars: Djeneba Diawara, Mamadou Fomba, Balla Moussa Keita, Diarrah Sanogo

Votes: 23

Fantan Fanga (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

An albino villager is decapitated by a gang of headhunters. The latter take his head to a local witchdoctor who believes that albino body parts can make people rich or potent. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Ladji Diakite, Adama Drabo | Stars: Souleymane Diakite, Djenebou Kone, Modibo Traoré

Demain et tous les jours après (2001 TV Movie)

105 min | Adventure

In Africa, two occidentals, a man and a woman, with totaly different minds, are obliged to make a long trip together in a cab.

Director: Bernard Stora | Stars: Edouard Baer, Hélène Fillières, Bakary Sangaré, Liliane Rovère

Votes: 17

Toro si te (2006)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Seydou Konaté is a doctor in Nongon, a small village in Southern Mali, without electricity or telephones, isolated by two rivers with no bridges, and a 10-hour drive on a dirt road from the... See full summary »

Director: Daisy Lamothe | Star: Seydou Konate

The Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu (2009)

TV-G | 80 min

For four hundred years Timbuktu was an academic centre of the world. The great manuscript archives from this period that solved matters such as determining the direction of Mecca and time ... See full summary »

Director: Sharron Hawkes

Votes: 12

Njinga (2014)

138 min | Documentary, Adventure

Explorer/adventurer, Kate Leeming has cycled the equivalent of twice around the world at the Equator. Kate's incredible Expedition - A ten month, 22,040km journey across Africa from Point ... See full summary »

Director: Martin McCann

Demain à Nanguila (1960)


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Director: Joris Ivens

Africa First: Volume Two (2012 Video)


Focus World is charged with finding the most exciting new voices in international and independent film. Focus' Africa First program is an initiative designed exclusively for filmmakers of ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Abbott, Matthew Bishanga, Daouda Coulibaly, Matthew Jankes, Rungano Nyoni | Stars: Bocar Ba, Tehibou Bagayoko, Brenda Ibarah, Maureen Kulany

Sigui synthèse, l'invention de la parole et de la mort (1981)

123 min | Documentary

About the Sigui Dogon festival, which lasts seven years and takes place only every sixty years. The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in West Africa. ... See full summary »

Directors: Germaine Dieterlen, Jean Rouch

Five Days in a Life (1973)

50 min

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Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Falaye Dabo, Myriam Thiam

Votes: 5

Dambé: The Mali Project (2008)

93 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

Irish musicians Liam O'Maonlaí and Paddy Keenan embark on a musical adventure to Mali; The Heart of Africa. Culminating in a unique performance at the world's most remote musical festival; The 'Festival au Desert'.

Director: Dearbhla Glynn | Stars: Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabaté, Paddy Keenan, Liam O'Maonlai

Votes: 15

A Banna (1980)

90 min

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Director: Kalifa Dienta | Stars: Fanta Diallo, Zoumana Yoro Traore

Votes: 11

Moi, l'Afrique (1984)

156 min | Documentary

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Mamy Wata (1990)

90 min

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Director: Mustapha Diop | Stars: Philippe Ambrosini, Sidiki Bakaba, Gérard Essomba, Fifi-Dalla Kouyate

Dreaming Mali (2010)

80 min | Documentary

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Director: Barbara Kowa | Stars: Barbara Kowa, Markus Schaller, Adama Silversmith, Sidi Sow

Votes: 12

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