The Principal’s Fight

Filmmaker:  Sidy Lamine Bagayoko

Year of production: 2009
Location: Sabalibougou, Mali
Duration: 31 minutes.
Sound: mono
English Subtitles

The Principal’s Fight examines the case of Community School, Sector II, Sabalibougou and the struggles of Negueting Traore and his fellow teachers to keep in functioning.

We meet various government officials who emphasise the importance of community schools to the nation without being able to guarantee sufficient support to keep Sector II viable.

Along the way we see something of the home life of Principal Traore and his wife – who also teaches at the school – and we come to realise that they have a fight on their hands just to keep their own family viable.

Copyright: 2009 Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø

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ABSTRACT This work presents and analyses the condition of existence of the community schools in a specific quarter of Bamako called Sabalibougou considered as an inner suburb. Based on data collected through fieldwork, carried out among the local community, this thesis, consisting of both text and film, tries to examine the difficulties faced by the community schools of Sabalibougou.

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