Cendres Et Soleil
- National Film Board/Office National du Film
Bamako, Mali, March 1991. A popular uprising overthrows the military dictatorship and with the same blow, triumphs over the law of silence. But what is really known about the events that have afflicted this country’s history since 1968? By following the trail of one man, Falaba Issa Traoré, the film tells about the lives of thousands of other Malians. Aboard a rattletrap pick-up truck, the man of theatre, literature and cinema goes to his native village to present his latest film. This journey will give him the opportunity to go back to the source of his memories, where Captain Yoro Diakité, an old friend despite their political differences, plays a major role. The captain actively participated in the 1968 overthrow. But three years later, betrayed by his brothers-in-arms, he is shipped off to prison where he dies in 1973, in the middle of the desert in a prison built under the power he helped put in place.
Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)