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African FilmmakingNorth and South of the Sahara$
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Roy Armes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621231

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621231.001.0001

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Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)

Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)

(p.191) 14. Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania)
African Filmmaking

Roy Armes

Edinburgh University Press

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

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