Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)

Roy Armes

in African Filmmaking

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621231
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670789 | DOI:
Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)

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This chapter focuses on filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako. Sissako was born in Kiffa, Mauritania in 1961, brought up in Mali, trained at the VGIK film school in Moscow, and has resided in Paris since the early 1990s. Sissako is very much the product of the European exile that foreign film school training entails. Asked about the films that have influenced him, he cites not his African forerunners, but Fellini's La Strada, Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood and Andrei Rublev, Fassbinder's Fear Eats the Soul, and Antonioni's The Passenger. The short sixty-minute feature, La Vie sur Terre, established Sissako as a leading figure in African cinema. It was made as part of a ten-episode international series aiming to show the impact of the new millennium on people throughout the world.

Keywords: African filmmakers; foreign film school training; exile; La Vie sur Terre

Chapter.  3570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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