Baara (Work)

Sun 26 Oct at 1.00pm

Souleymane Cissé | Mali 1978 | 1h30m | 35mm | Bambara with English subtitles | 15

In this early work, Cissé focuses on a young innocent who has left the countryside for the city and become caught in the middle of social conflict. Befriended by the manager of a textile factory, he watches as his mentor is caught between the demands of a cruel owner and the needs of the much-abused workers he oversees.

Having spent years studying Marxist ideology in Moscow, Cissé was the first African director to directly confront and criticise the condition of workers in the city. Yet the social constructs and characters he develops are presented with a clarity unencumbered by the typical moralising of socialist films.

This screening is part of a retrospective of the work of Malian director Souleymane Cissé. The filmmaker will be in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening.

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