Abderrahmane Sissako's US Tour

March 16, 2015 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM

One of the world’s leading filmmakers, Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania/Mali, is an artist whose transnational poetic vision is grounded in precise, everyday acts and humanity.

His films are distinguished not only by great formal beauty and poetic imagery but also by humor, profound sympathy with human suffering, and an almost philosophical inquiry into relations between West Africa and the rest of the world.

Although officially labelled a Mauritanian director, Sissako made films in Russia, Tunisia, Angola, and Mali before returning to his mother’s homeland to shoot the masterful Waiting for Happiness (Mauritania, 2002). Since then, his work on films such as Bamako and Timbuktu has been centered on the Sahel region of Africa, but he remains a cosmopolitan practitioner of cinema as a world form. If he has commitments to a certain region and its people, he expresses them very differently than the engaged anticolonial nationalist filmmakers of the previous generation.

All of Sissako’s films show great respect for the difficulty of genuine communication across different cultural spaces and for the complexity of translation. Music is important to cinema in general, but Sissako has been especially brilliant in mobilizing the best of African great music to reinforce his visual imagery. Nearly all of his films also make spectacular use of Africa’s extraordinary creativity with textiles.

Text by Walker Center


Walker Art Center
In his first stop on a US tour, Oscar-nominated director Abderrahmane Sissako comes to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to present a short retrospective. For more information click here

Dates: April 2 - 4, 2015
Place: Walker Art Center - 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Princeton University

Join Princeton University for an evening of film and conversation with director Abderrahmane Sissako, including a screening of his award-winning feature film, Timbuktu, followed by a Q&A and reception. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved. For more information click here

Date: April, 7 -9, 2015
Place: Princeton Garden Theater - 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, 08544


University of Indiana

Abderrahmane Sissako, will be on campus April 13–19 and present at several screenings. For more information click here

Dates: April 13 - 19, 2015
Place: Indiana University Cinema - 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IA 47405


University of Virgina

Charlottesville has also been a favorite stop for him. For the third time in eight years, Sissako will return to the University of Virginia from April 9 through 12. For more information click here

Date: April 9 - 2, 2015
Place: University of Virginia


Darmouth College

Director Abderrahmane Sissako will receive the 2015 Dartmouth Film Award and present his film Timbuktu. For more information click here

Date: April, 20 - 22, 2015
Place: Darmouth College - 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, NH 03755


Motion Picture Association of America

An exceptional projection of Timbuktu will take place in Washington DC at the Motion Pictures Association of America for the US State Department.

Date: April 6, 2015

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