The Principal's Fight

Sidy Lamine Bagayoko
30 minutes


A film from Mali about a principal's fight for school access for the children in his local environment.

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 it functioning. 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. We meet various government offcials who emphasise the importance of community schools to the nation without being able to guarantee suffcient support to keep Sector II viable.


Producer / Production company: 
Visual Cultural Studies, The Arctic University of Norway