[mgj-discuss] Anti-IMF/World Bank film playing in New York and Boston!
dave.jesteadt at newyorkerfilms.com
Thu Feb 1 14:01:09 PST 2007
I'm trying to get the word out about an anti-IMF/World Bank film we are playing in New York and Boston in mid-February. It's called "Bamako," and it's an African film that creates a metaphorical trial environment for actual villagers and activists to air their complaints against the destructive lending structures of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The film has received very positive reviews and has screened at numerous film festivals, including Cannes, New York, Toronto, Vienna, etc., so we hope to harness some of that enthusiasm to get people to see a really good issue-based film that I think offers a great primer for the unaware as well as a further boost to the conviction of those who have spent time fighting for African debt relief from the global bank institutions. (Oh, and it's also a beautiful film, shot on location in Mali.) We are hoping to repeat the success of another film we distributed, Life + Debt, which stirred up a good deal of debate in the press and is currently being used as an educational tool by groups like Jubilee USA.
Here is a link to the Bamako trailer, it can also be found on YouTube if you search "Bamako trailer":
Bamako plays in New York for two weeks at the Film Forum from February 14-27, and plays in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts from February 16-22. Executive producer Danny Glover will also be on hand for Q&A sessions after the first two nights' screenings in New York, and we are trying to get an educational panel going in Boston similar to one we have February 1st at Columbia University. In New York I can get people a discount on tickets from the theater for groups of 12 or more; you can contact me using any of the methods at the bottom of this message.
Most importantly, even if you aren't in New York or Boston but have friends who are, PLEASE forward this message on to anyone or any groups you think might be interested in seeing this film!
With only two weeks in two theaters we want to try and make sure Bamako gets to as many people as possible. Once they see it, I think the movie really lets the people speak for themselves.
Dave.Jesteadt at newyorkerfilms.com
New Yorker Films
83 Fifth Ave., 11th Fl.
NY, NY 10003
(212) 645-4699 ext. 205
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