Bàttu

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
Country: Mali
Year: 2000
Running Time: 105 min.
Language: French

The star-stubbed cast includes Issac de Bankolè as Saar, a blind beggar, and Danny Glover as a corrupt president. In this often hilarious mix of politics and superstition, the beggars hamper the tourist industry yet play a necessary role opposite the lives of devout and wealthy Muslims. The agitated Minister of Public Health and Sanitation imposes a novel way of eliminating the problem.

About the Director

Cheick Oumar Sissoko

Cheick Oumar SISSOKO pictureBiography: Cheick Oumar Sissoko was born in 1945 in San, Mali. Having graduated from Paris University in African History and Sociology, he studied film at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière. He then returned to Mali and worked as a filmmaker at the Centre National de Productions Cinématogaphiques (CNPC), for which he directed Sécheresse and Exode Rural. His film Guimba was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 1996.  La Genèse (1999) won the Etalon de Yennenga at FESPACO 1999 and was selected in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes that same year.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Finzan (1996; 1997);
Guimba (1997);
Bàttu (2001).

Filmography:
L’École Malienne (1982)
Les Audiotheques Rurales (1983)
Sécheresse (1984)
Exode Rural (1984
Nyamanton (1986)
Finzan (1989)
Guimba (1995)
La Genèse (1999)
Bàttu (2000)