Waiting for Happiness

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

In a small seaside village in Mauritania, daily rituals are observed, songs are passed down through generations, people wait for happiness. It is there that 17-year-old Abdallah stops off to visit his mum before emigrating to Europe. Unable to speak the local language he feels a stranger in his own country, more attuned to Western trends than native traditions. But he observes the microcosmic universe of the village and begins to understand its people.

95 minutes

Country of origin:
France and Mauritania

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