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by Abderrahmane Sissako


Nouadhibou is a small town attached to a peninsula on the Mauritanian coast. Abdallah joins his mother there while waiting for his departure for Europe. The young man doesn’t understand the language of this place of exile and fragile hopes and tries to decipher the world that surrounds him. There is Nana, a sensual young woman who wants to seduce him; Makan, who like him, dreams of Europe; Maata, once a fisherman and now an electrician, and his apprentice, Kahtra. He’s the one who teaches Abdallah the local language so that he can break out of the silence within which he is trapped. These people continually cross paths, their gazes fixed on distant horizons while waiting for a hypothetical happiness.

international title: Waiting For Happiness
original title: En Attendandt le bonheure (Heremakono)
country: France
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Abderrahmane Sissako
film run: 95'
release date: FR 15/01/2003, BE 22/01/2003
screenplay: Abderrahmane Sissako
cast: Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Ould Mohamed Mohamed Mahmoud, Nana Diakité, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda, Makanfing Dabo, Nèma Mint Choueikh
cinematography by: Jacques Besse
film editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
art director: Joseph Kpobly, Laurent Cavero
costumes designer: Maji-da Abdi
music: Oumou Sangare
producer: Abderrahmane Sissako
production: Chinguitty Films, ARTE France Cinéma
distributor: Haut et Court
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