Caught in the stranglehold of debt and structural adjustment, Africa is fighting for its survival. In the face of disaster, representatives of African society bring an action against international financial institutions. The trial takes place in Bamako, in the yard of a house, among its inhabitants.
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What could have easily turned into a work of simple didactic discussion is transformed by the weight of genuine human experience into something profound and engaging. Throughout the film these speakers put forward their arguments with a passion and integrity, but it is the audience of nameless faces who watch, listen and exist against this background of unrest and degradation that give credence to their words.