1997. Mauritania. Abderrahmane Sissako. 60 min.
Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
1997. Mauritania. Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. While at Moscow’s VGIK film school in the 1980s, Sissako met a young Angolan freedom fighter named Bari-Banga. Almost two decades later, Sissako went to Angola to find his friend and to explore the country’s ravaged postwar history. The resulting film is both an autobiographical road trip in search of the faces in a faded photograph, and an essay on turbulent Angola itself. Along the way, habitués of Luanda’s famous Biker Café bar scene share their traumatic stories. In Arabic, Russian, Portuguese, French; English subtitles. 60 min.