Dir. Daouda Coulibaly, Mali, 2010, 24 min, Bambara with French subtitles
With an energy and vivacity that is infectious, and a very poignant, effectively delivered message – the often-discussed struggle between tradition and modernity, the film follows the tradition of the griot, using words/poetry, and music to deliver history – essentially the voice of the ancestors – in an effort to transfer knowledge and wisdom from past generations to those in the present. But are they/we listening? Are we/they learning? The film plays almost like a warning, with the ultimate point being to learn from the experiences of those who came before you, and take those lessons with you as you march into the future; also, don’t completely lose yourself in the trappings that so-called modernity promises; there is some value to be gained from holding onto some traditions.