Globalization and Western Dominated Policies in Africa

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Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Bamako (2006) and Homi Bhabha’s essay “Of Mimicry and Man: The Ambivalence of Colonial Discourse” both explore how the globalization and Western-dominated policies affect the deepest levels of everyday life of ordinary Africans. In his essay Bhabha defines Mimicry as the subordination of the eastern countries on the hands of the ruling classes and the resultant effect of this domination.

The thematic similarities between Sissako’s film and Bhabha’s essay go beyond their contemporary post-colonial studies. Homi Bhabha was born and raised in India, got his PHD in England, and is now teaching at Harvard University. Abderrahmane Sissako was born in Mauretania, brought up in Mali and trained as a filmmaker in the Soviet Union. These days he lives in France and travels back to Africa to make films. They both seem to have felt the pain of betrayal that comes by living in a ‘multicultural’ nation, and for that they both can be considered a product of the multicultural processes about which they develop their work.

Sissako once said “Through art you can invent the impossible.” In Bamako he explores this idea of art transmitting a message in terms of globalization. The movie was shoot in a residential neighborhood within Mali’s capital, Bamako. In a series of improbable events the global capitalism itself is put on trial in the most improbable scenario, where the principal scene is that of a trial in which residents are the plaintiff and world
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