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: 2,192

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: 1,288 | Gross: $0.11M

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: 346

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: 102 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 104 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 246

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: 191

Waati (1995)

140 min | Drama

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Director: Souleymane Cissé | Stars: Linèo Tsolo, Sidi Yaya Cissé, Aïcha Amerou Mohamed Dicko, Mariame Amerou Mohamed Dicko

Votes: 45

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: 117

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: 176

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: 12

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: 18

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

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: 64 | Gross: $0.00M

Finzan (1989)

107 min | Drama

Two women rebel against the traditions of a village society.

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko | Stars: Diarrah Sanogo, Oumar Namory Keita, Koti, Sadou Touré

Votes: 47

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: 79 | Gross: $0.01M

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: 28

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: 92

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: Issa Falaba Traoré, Balla Moussa Keita, Habib Dembélé, Lamine Diallo

Votes: 203

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: 88

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: 39

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: 26

Macadam tribu (1996)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Mike goes out from prison and joins his brother in his wanderings through Bamako, being with their friends in bars and gyms. By other side, their mother feels lonely and became alcoholic.

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

Votes: 10

Nyamanton (1986)

90 min | Drama

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

Votes: 25

Mission 10 Documentary (2012)

87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

A full-length documentary (90 min) covering 16 college student-led mission trips shot through the eyes of 9 student videographers at Southwestern A/G University. Armed with a backpack of ... See full summary »

Votes: 12

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: 44

An Opera of the World (2017)

70 min | Documentary

Manthia Diawara's film is based on the African opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, which recounts an eternal migration drama.

Director: Manthia Diawara | Stars: Fatou Diome, Alexander Kluge, Nicole Lapierre, Richard Sennett

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: 16

The Doctor from Gafire (1986)

90 min | Drama

A young doctor named Karunga just graduated from a European university; is sent to a village where a man named Ouba lives. Obua is a healer who his people respect.

Director: Mustapha Diop | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Merlin N'Diagne, Fifi-Dalla Kouyate, Hima Amadou

Semisweet: Life in Chocolate (2012)

48 min | Documentary, Drama

Chocolate is the most popular candy in the world. Every year, three billion pounds of it are sold and consumed in the United States alone. It's one of our great indulgences. It's at once ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Allcock

Votes: 69

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: 29

An Be Nodo (1980)

105 min

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Director: Issa Falaba Traoré

Lala ni Binefou (1993 TV Movie)

35 min | Comedy

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Director: Mahamadou Cissé | Stars: Fanta Berthe, Habib Dembélé

Sigi So

Drama | Announced

In Africa, the secret language of the society of men.

It Must Make Peace (2017)

86 min | Documentary, Music

The rich, vibrant culture of Mali is under threat. It Must Make Peace gives voice to Mali's musicians and artists, exploring the threats while celebrating the diverse and breathtaking ... See full summary »

Director: Paul R. Chandler

Votes: 6

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

Votes: 6

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, Oumu Berthé, Yamadou Cissé, Kani Coulibaly

Votes: 51

The Last Song Before the War (2013)

74 min | Documentary, Adventure, Music

The story of the most remote music festival in the world, Festival Au Desert, and the battle to make it happen.

Director: Kiley Kraskouskas

Votes: 12

Tout s'est bien passé (2010)

51 min | Documentary, History, News

The people of Djenne (Mali, Africa) end the dry season with a special tradition. They plaster their mosque. This fairy-like building is the largest adobe construction in the world. Due to ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Donders

A Banna (1980)

90 min

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

Votes: 11

Family Goldmine (2014)

78 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

A devoted father takes his family on one last adventure - to start an eco-friendly goldmine in Mali, West Africa with no knowledge, experience...or luck.

Director: Robbie Fraser

Votes: 5

Tell Me Who You Are (2009)

135 min | Drama

An adultery drama set in a bourgeois family in Bamako, Mali, where tensions are rife within the household: Mimi, bored with the polygamy and routine of marriage, wants to leave Issa. She has a lover, Aba. How will all three cope with this?

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

Votes: 29

The Voice of the Kora (2015)

45 min | Documentary, Music

The kora is a harp-lute originating in West Africa. "The Voice of the Kora" retraces the history and evolution of the instrument, and looks at the interaction of African music with Occidental music.

Director: Claudine Pommier

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

Seventeen (2016)

5 min | Short, Drama

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Director: Fasséry Kamissoko | Stars: Fasséry Kamissoko, Amadou Koné, Aboubacar Outtara, Quentin Coulon

Le Message du Issa Ber (2011)

63 min | Documentary

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

Director: Quino Piñero

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

Kasso Den (1980)

82 min

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Director: Sega Coulibaly | Star: Fanta Berthe

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: 11

Sur le rivage du monde (2012)

106 min | Documentary, History, Music

After several failed attempts to reach Europe, Cesar, Felou and Erik find themselves in Bamako, Mali deported, dejected, disoriented, but still driven to pursue their dreams. Meanwhile Ami,... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain L'Espérance

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