Waiting for Happiness

Film/Video

Waiting for Happiness

Waiting for Happiness

Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Fri, Dec 12, 2003 7 PM
Sat, Dec 13, 2003 7 PM

"One of the dramas of Africa is that its people are rarely confronted by its own image."
—Director Abderrahmane Sissako

The lyrical Waiting for Happiness offers an uncommon glimpse of everyday life in Nouadhibou, a port town in northwestern Africa.
The latest film from one of Africa's most lyrical directors, Waiting for Happiness offers a glimpse of everyday life in Nouadhibou, a small port town in the northwestern republic of Mauritania surrounded by desert and ocean.

The story follows Abdallah, a middle-aged man who visits home on his way back to Europe. During his stay, he finds himself relearning his native language and reconnecting to the people who live in this transitory place. It's a metaphorical situation dear to Sissako, a Mauritanian native educated in Russia and now based in Paris. (95 mins.)

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