Director: Souleymane Cissè
Country: Mali
Year: 1978
Running Time: 93 min.
Language: Bambara


One day, a young Malian country boy working as a barra (a porter) in Bamako, makes friends with a young engineer who takes him under his wing, helping him out of trouble with the police and finds him a job in the factory. The engineer, who studies in Europe, tries to apply his liberal ideas in the factory. He takes on the house union, under the factory owner’s control, and enters into conflict with the factory management.

About the Director

Souleymane Cissé

cisseBiography: Born in Bamako, Mali in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information’s film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature in the Bambara language. It was immediately banned by the government. Then followed Baara (Work) in 1977, Finye (The Wind) in 1982, and his masterpiece Yeelen (Brightness), Prix du Jury in Cannes in 1987. His film Waati (Time) was also selected for Cannes in 1995. An admired and respected filmmaker, Cissé is also Founding President of the Union of West African Cinema and Audiovisual Designers and Entrepreneurs and devotes his energy to developing an economically viable African audiovisual industry.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baara [Work] (2008);
Finye [The Wind] (1996, 1997);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1993);
Waati [Time] (1996).

L’Aspirant (1968);
Source d’inspiration (1968);
Dégal at Dialloubé (1970);
The Sanké Celebration (1971);
Five Days in a Life (1972);
Den Muso [The Young Girl] (1975);
L’Homme et ses idoles (1975);
Baara [Work] (1977);
Traditional Singers of the Seychelles (1978);
Finye [The Wind] (1982);
Yeelen [Brightness] (1987);
Waati [Time] (1995);
Tell Me Who You Are (2009).