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Dancing the Twist in Bamako at Film Forum!


Dancing the Twist in Bamako

Film Forum
209 West Houston St.
New York, US 10014

From Friday, February 24, 2023


Dancing the Twist in Bamako released at Film Forum on February 24!

The 1960s were a time of change everywhere, and that includes Bamako, the capital city of Mali, a nation only recently independent from French colonial rule. DANCING THE TWIST IN BAMAKO is a romance fraught with the drama of political change, infused with the musical energy of that decade. Samba, a young, idealistic socialist, works toward creating a more just nation by day and dances with girlfriend Lara to the Beach Boys, Otis Redding, and the Supremes by night. The film’s sensibility is inspired by the vibrant images, patterns, and compositions of famed Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé. Lara’s orange silk dress and Samba’s dazzling white suit, shot against the striped backdrop of their dance club and the black and white checked dance floor they cut up — all suggest that change is coming rapidly, that life is for living.

Director Robert Guédiguian
2021 | 129 min | France / Senegal / Canada | In French and Bambara with English subtitles


Director Robert Guédiguian will be in attendance at the Film Forum for a Q&A following the film on:

Friday, February 24 | 7:00

Saturday, February 25 | 5:30

More information here 

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