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Date of birth
13 October 1961, Kiffa, Mauritania
Selected filmography of
Abderrahmane Sissako (October 13th. 1961, Kiffa, Mauritania)
Abderrahmane Sissako (born 13 October 1961) is a Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer. His film Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival official selection under Un Certain Regard, winning the FIPRESCI Prize.
His 2007 film Bamako received much attention. Sissako's themes include globalisation, exile and the displacement of people.
His 2014 film Timbuktu was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Soon after his birth Sissako's family emigrated to Mali, his father's country, where he completed part of his primary and secondary education. Sissako returned briefly to Mauritania, his mother's land, in 1980. Then he left for Moscow, where he studied cinema at the VGIK (Federal State Film Institute) from 1983 to 1989. Sissako settled in France at the beginning of the 1990s.
Besides his work as a director, he also worked as a cultural Advisor for former head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
Sissako is married to the Ethiopian film director Maji-da Abdi.
2019 Al Zubarah (Short)
2019 Life in Al Barr (Short)
2014 Les 18 du 57, Boulevard de Strasbourg (Short)
2010 Je vous souhaite la pluie (TV Short documentary)
2010 On bosse ici! On vit ici! On reste ici! (Short)
2008 8 (segment "Tiya's dream")
2008 Stories on Human Rights (segment "Dignity")
2007 Laissez-les grandir ici! (Documentary short)
1998 Rostov-Luanda (Documentary)
1998 2000 vu par... Une collection internationale (TV Mini Series)
- Das Leben auf Erden - La vie sur terre (1998)
1998 La case de l'oncle Doc (TV Series documentary)
- Rostov Luanda (1998)
1998 La vie sur terre
1997 Africa Dreaming (TV Series)
- Sabriya (1997)
1997 Documenta X - Die Filme (Documentary)
1993 Oktyabr (Short)
1991 Le jeu (Short)
Waiting For Happiness | Heremakono (2002)
Life On Earth | La vie sur terre (1998)
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