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Abderrahmane Sissako Retrospective in the U.S.

For the American release of the movie Timbuktu, a tour and retrospective devoted to movie director Abderrahmane Sissako will move around the U.S. from April 1-22, 2015.

On April 1-22, 2015, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., with the assistance of the Cinémathèque Afrique of the Institut français, will organize a tour and itinerant retrospective devoted to movie director Abderrahmane Sissako. The latter will give presentations, master classes and encounters at five of the most prestigious American institutions and universities.
Abderrahmane Sissako, a major filmmaker of African and world cinema, was recently in the news with his latest film, Timbuktu, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, distinguished with seven César awards in 2015, and nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category.
On the occasion of the release of his latest film, Timbuktu, on January 28, 2015, in the U.S., a major retrospective of the major works of the filmmaker will be on tour in five major cities, including Minneapolis (Walker Art Center), Princeton University, Charlottesville (Virginia University), Bloomington (Indiana University) and Hanover, New Hampshire (Dartmouth College).
In addition, an exceptional screening by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) of Timbuktu will be organized on April 6, 2015 in Washington DC, to be attended above all by Chris Dodd, Head of the MPAA and Rick Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.


  • Minneapolis: April 1-6, 2015 at the Walker Art Center
  • Washington: April 6 2015 at the MPAA
  • Princeton: April 7-9, 2015 at Princeton University
  • Charlottesville: April 9-13, 2015 at the University of Virginia
  • Bloomington: April 13-19, 2015 at Indiana University
  • Hanover: April 20-22, 2015 at Dartmouth College


Films of the Abderrahmane Sissako Retrospective

  • Rostov-Luanda, 29 min, 1997
  • Sabriya, 26 min, 1997
  • Le jeu, 23 min, end-of-study film. Situated in the Mauritanian desert and shot in Turkmenistan, 1989
  • Octobre, 37 min, shot in the suburbs of Moscow. (‘‘Un Certain Regard’’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Short Film Prize at the 3rd Festival of African Cinema in Milan, 1992
  • La vie sur terre, 60 min, 1998
  • Heremakono (En attendant le bonheur), 90 min, (Grand Prize -Étalon de Yenenga at the 18th FESPACO in 2003), inspired by the filmmaker’s short return to Mauritania in 1980, 2002
  • Bamako, 112 min, 2006
  • Timbuktu, 97 min, 2014, last feature film, with 7 César wards and an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category

Master classes, encounters and screenings will be organized in partner institutions with different academic departments: Cinema Studies, African Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, Russian Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science, etc.



Photograph: Abderrahmane Sissako, for the shooting of Timbuktu © DR