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Big screen classics

Waiting for Happiness

Heremakono en attendant le bonheur

Abderrahmane Sissako’s thoughtful film considers lives lived on the periphery of change.

Image from Waiting for Happiness

France-Mauritania 2002
Dir Abderrahmane Sissako
With Khatra Ould Abder Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid
96min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate U

Young Abdallah returns home to the village of Nouhadhibou, a port on the Mauritanian coast, to visit his mother. While there, he struggles with dialect and identity and encounters various members of the semi-transient community going about their business. What follows is a series of interactions and insights into an unsettled people in a state of displacement, hoping to move on and find the ‘better’ place over the horizon.

The screening on Wed 26 Feb will be introduced by writer and curator Naida Denton.



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