A monument to a French general is being dropped as a symbol of the fall of French rule in Mali. Bamako city, September 22, 1961. Celebrating Independence Day. Raising the flag of the Republic. The orchestra is playing. Mali President Modibo Keita bypasses the guard of honor. Standard bearers, soldiers, war veterans, pioneers, widows are passing by. Streets of the city of Bamako, the capital of Mali; Parliament building, House of books, archive; square named after Patrice Lumumba, city stadium. Athletes in the stadium push the core, play football, warm up. Sports holiday: rowing competition on the Niger River. Mapti city on the Niger River. Construction of new residential buildings. Fishermen fish in the Niger River. Loading fish onto a truck. Bazaar on the banks of the river. Timbuktu city. Street life of the city, water carrier on the street, passers-by with umbrellas, wedding procession; The prison building, the cell where Modibo Keita was sitting; square named after Modibo Keita. Malians work on the construction of a road in the city of Segou. Mali President Modibo Keita leaves the plane at the Bamako airfield upon his return from a foreign trip.