• Waiting for Happiness

    2002. Mauritania/France. Abderrahmane Sissako. 96 min.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Waiting for Happiness

    2002. Mauritania/France. Written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. With Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould. This gorgeously observed film by the director of Bamako is set in Nouadhibou, a small seaside town on the West African coast that serves as a way station for locals and immigrants trying to make a little money before taking off for somewhere else. Abdallah, a seventeen-year-old Malian with dreams of emigrating to Europe, returns after a long absence to visit his mother one last time. He discovers that he has forgotten the regional dialect and has become a stranger in his own land. With time, however, the sense of beauty and folly in the villagers' lives awaken in him feelings of tenderness, hope, and nostalgia. Winner of the Cannes jury prize for best first film. Courtesy New Yorker Films. In French, Hassanyia, Bambara, Mandarin; English subtitles. 96 min.

In the Film exhibition The Age of Chevalier

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