Abderrahmane Sissako was born in 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He spent his childhood in Mali and studied at the Moscow Film Academy before moving to Paris. His first long film, the documentary ‘Rostov-Luanda’, was shown in 1997 at the Documenta in Kassel.
His film ‘Octobre’, shot in 1993 in the Soviet Union, is an exemplary treatment of the theme of exile. After making a number of videos, in 1998 he realized his first feature film, ‘La vie sur Terre’, which was shown in Cannes as part of the series ‘Quinzaine des réalisateurs’. Half documentary and half fiction, this film depicts village life in Mali, a day to day existence barely touched by the events of the millennium, and reflects on the complicated relationship between Europe and Africa, using voiceovers and quotes by Aimé Césaire. ‘Heremakono, en attendant le bonheur ‘(2001) ran at Cannes in 2002 in the series ‘Un certain regard’.
Author: House of World Cultures
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(23 October 93 - 15 December 02)