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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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Globalisation, Cinéma-monde and the Work of Abderrahmane Sissako

Globalisation, Cinéma-monde and the Work of Abderrahmane Sissako

(p.85) Chapter 4 Globalisation, Cinéma-monde and the Work of Abderrahmane Sissako

Dayna Oscherwitz

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter compares and contrasts Abderrahmane Sissako’s better-known films with the English-language novels of the Afropolitanism movement, whose African-born characters all share a familiarity with the realities of the Global North. The chapter further surveys the most celebrated films of the Mauritanian-born, Malian-raised, Russian-trained, French-based director, demonstrating how they dispute the universal narrative on globalisation and concomitantly root themselves in the specific context of francophone Africa. The chapter contains a detailed discussion of La Vie sur terre/Life on Earth (1998, Mali/France/Mauritania), Heremakono/Waiting for Happiness (2002, France/Mauritania), and Timbuktu (2014, Mauritania/France).

Keywords:   Abderrahmane Sissako, Afropolitanism, African cinema, francophone cinema, La Vie sur terre, Heremakono, Timbuktu, Mauritania, Mali, Literature and film

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