Film about the Republic of Mali. The film uses poems by American poets. Africa. Republic of Mali (Mali). Schematic maps of the territories of Africa and Mali. Canal construction. Mali President Mobido Keita at construction. Construction of brick residential buildings in one of the settlements. Collective field. Tilling the soil with hoes in the field. The Niger River. Fishermen's pies on the river. Fishing and sale of fish. Bazaar. Sale of food products. Sale of goods with a pie on the river. One of the villages. Everyday life of the villagers. The vigilance squad (voluntary people's militia) checks documents on the roads. Malians of different sexes, ages in public and domestic life. Cemetery in one of the settlements. Savannah landscapes, palm groves. Baobabs. The earth dried up from the heat. The bed of the river dried up from the heat. Dead birds at the bottom of the river. National holiday. Dances and songs of the Malians. Playing the tom-tam.