September 9, 2004
In the Badalabougou area, the Palais de la Culture shows Malian cultural films from time to time. The upcoming films are shown on posters put up around town. Some of the hotels have their own cinemas. But bear in mind that there are very few English language films shown here.
The Hotel Amitié (Sofitel) shows regular French language films and, occasionally, English films. These are advertised in the Hotel foyer.
There are a large number of local cinemas. In the commercial quarter, there are the Club, the Vox, and the Rex cinemas. These show mostly French language films. In the Oulofobougou quarter, the Soudan Ciné and the Bademba cinemas show French films. In Médina, Coura the El Hilal and the Salle Omnisport also show films. In Lafiabougou, the Banankokou shows French films and in Badialan, the ABC shows French films.
One other option if you want to see English films is to go to the American Marine House on Friday nights. The films shown are of varying quality but they are advertised in The Griot, which is an email newsletter that the American Embassy sends out. If you register at the Embassy (if you are a USA citizen) you will be told about it. Non-Americans can go with American friends. These films start at 8pm and there are happy hour drinks from 6 to 7pm. There are lots of video shops around town where you can rent videos and DVDs. DVDs are always a good option because most of the French ones have an English option.
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