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The worst enemy of the impoverished in the country of Mali is the nation's local bureaucracies, according to this engaging, low-budget drama from director Cheik Omar Sissoko. Little Kalifa (Macire Kante) is not allowed into school on the first day of classes because he is too poor to bring his desk with him. So the young, tough eight-year-old watches the other kids pushing and pulling their desks to school and decides to raise his own money to get his own desk; he does this by collecting garbage in his...more