Sissako In Conversation: “Africa Worlds / World Films”

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 8:00:00 PM UTC

Abderrahmane Sissako In Conversation: “Africa Worlds / World Films”


Simpson Center for the Humanities on ZOOM


One of the foremost thinkers on Global South cinema as well as one of its leading practitioners, Abderrahmane Sissako’s films are unsparing, visually innovative indictments of the global forces that shape African lives.  Sissako joins scholars of film and African Studies for a conversation on world cinema, post-colonialism, thinking ‘Africa’ beyond the confines of the continent, and in particular his 2014 film Timbuktu. 

Abderrahmane Sissako is a Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer whose themes include globalization, exile and the displacement of people. His films have received global recognition: Waiting for Happiness (Heremakano) screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival official selection under Un Certain Regard, winning the FIPRESCI Prize. His next film, Bamako (2006), received the first Film Award of the Council of Europe. In 2014 Timbuktu was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the  Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Discussants will include Danny Hoffman (African Studies, University of Washington), Rich Watts (French, UW), Catherine Cole (Divisional Dean of the Arts, UW), Sudhir Mahadevan (Cinema & Media Studies, UW), Berette Macaulay (Museum Guide Program Manager, Henry Art Gallery, UW), and Jazmyn Scott (LANGSTON Seattle).  

Conversation will be in French and English.


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Register for the zoom webinar HERE