Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities at the University of Washington
Abderrahmane Sissako, Film Director and Producer
In Conversation: African Worlds / World Films
Date: November 12, 2020 Time: 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
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. Conversation will be in French and English.
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 (Cultural Studies, UW), and Jazmyn Scott (LANGSTON Seattle).
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.
Registration and more information: https://simpsoncenter.org/programs/abderrahmane-sissako