Dolce Vita Africana

Cosima Spender (Tigerlily Films, Arte, 2008, 59’)

(Crédits Malick Sidibé)

Prises de la fin des années 1950 aux années 1970, les photos de Malick Sidibe sont un instantané de l’esprit insouciant d’une génération malienne revendiquant sa liberté post-indépendance jusqu’à ce qu’un coup d’État islamique ouvre la voie à des années de dictature militaire. Rencontre avec un photographe hors pair et ses modèles, dont les histoires personnelles racontent aussi l’histoire du Mali.

Âgé aujourd’hui de 78 ans, Malick Sidibé a reçu en 2007 un Lion d’or à la Biennale de Venise, pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre.

Crédits Tigerlily Films / Natasha Braier
Crédits Tigerlily Films / Natasha Braier


A documentary about internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, whose iconic images of his country from the late 1950s through to the 70s captured the carefree spirit of his generation asserting their freedom after independence up until an Islamic coup ushered in years of military dictatorship. The filmmakers travel to Malick Sidibe’s studio in Bamako to witness him at work and meet many of the subjects of his earlier photographs, whose personal stories also tell the history of Mali. Embellished with a fantastic soundtrack that features the best in Malian music

“In an evocative portrait, Spender captures Sidibé at work in the tiny Bamako studio he has used since the 1950s. Dolce Vita Africana also serves as a lively snapshot of Malian society over the last 40 years.” The Daily Telegraph

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