Dolce Vita Africana

Director: Cosima Spender
Countries: France / Mali / UK
Year: 2007
Running Time: 69 min.
Languages: Bambara / French

A documentary about internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, whose iconic images of his country from the late 1950s through to the 70s captured the carefree spirit of his generation asserting their freedom after independence up until an Islamic coup ushered in years of military dictatorship. The filmmaker travels to Malick Sidibé’s studio in Bamako to witness him at work and meet many of the subjects of his earlier photographs, whose personal stories also tell the history of Mali. Embellished with a fantastic soundtrack that features the best in Malian music.

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