Bambara Blues is a documentary about Ami Diarra, a traditional singer in Mali, who makes it her mission to educate the community on the dangers of HIV/AIDS.
Bambara Blues (2007) is a dynamic film about Ami Diarra, a griot (traditional narrator) in Mali who uses the oral tradition to educate the community on the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Together with the stream of people who have immigrated to the goldmines near the city of Kayes, the HIV virus has also rooted itself there and is taking its toll. Because of her respected position as a griot, Ami Diarra has access to the local population, but the authorities do not seem to take her seriously as they will only collaborate with NGOs.
This documentary was made with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oxfam/Novib, the Aidsfund and the Dutch Embassy in Mali.
Written en directed by Jacqueline van Vugt.