The Mandem Charter, proclaimed by Soundjata, the founder of the Malien Empire during the 13th Century, is an astonishing document that foreshadows the Declaration of Human Rights. Now that we have moved into the 21st Century, what remains of the hunter’s seven laws, which were the Malian society’s ethical code for so long? The film directors interview the people of Bamako, both male and female, the young and the not-so-young, about the nature of Malian society today. Ongoing clashes between tradition and the modern world are very much alive in so many areas of contemporary life: in the challenges facing the family, in woman’s place in society, in the organization of labor, in decolonization, in emigration to Europe and more…. These are provoking images of Africa as it struggles towards democracy.