Road To Baleya

Directed by Bay Weyman

DIRECTOR

Bay Weyman

COUNTRY

Canada

RUNNING TIME

89 mins

YEAR

2008

LANGUAGE

English, French with English Subtitles

ABOUT THE FILM

Canadian music producer and musician Lewis Melville brings a group to Mali to share music and thus open the door to understanding. We are delighted on-lookers to wonderful musical collaboration. A Malian griot (storyteller/oral historian/musician) invites the group to make the 200 km journey by dusty, difficult road to his native village. A glorious three-day celebration erupts at Mansa Sissoko’s return. But economic and health challenges in Mali are made sadly personal, and we ponder the possible results of ending the isolation with a good road. Can poverty and illiteracy be lessened while retaining safety and community?

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