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Waiting For Happiness Details

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Waiting for Happiness depicts life in the seaside town of Nouadhibou in Mauritania. A young man, Abdallah ([[Performer~P322462~Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed~mohamedmahmoudouldmohamed]]), visits the town, where his mother lives, before emigrating. He feels disconnected from his people because he dresses in Western clothes, and he does not speak the language, but he connects in small ways during his stay. A taciturn elderly electrician, Maata ([[Performer~P322461~Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid~maataouldmohamedabeid]]), teaches an energetic boy, Khatra ([[Performer~P322460~Khatra Ould Abdel Kader~khatraouldabdelkader]]), his trade, while a traditional singer ([[Performer~P322466~Nema Mint Choueikh~nemamintchoueikh]]) teaches a talented young girl hers. One would-be émigré washes up on the beach amid massive ships long ago run aground. Abdallah's mother vainly urges him to follow traditional customs while he's in town. Nana ([[Performer~P322463~Nana Diakite~nanadiakite]]) tells Abdallah a sad tale about tracking down the father of her lost child in Europe. The film jumps forward in time at several points, and eventually both Khatra and Abdallah try to leave the village. Filmmaker [[Performer~P239584~Abderrahmane Sissako~abderrahmanesissako]]'s follow-up to his acclaimed [[Feature~V162529~Life on Earth~lifeonearth]], Waiting for Happiness won the FIPRESCI Award for Un Certain Regard at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival "for its exquisite poetic depiction of the emotional and humorous complications that can arise in the midst of a simple life." ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:April 4, 2003

Cast

Nana Diakite
as Nana

Crew

Abderrahmane Sissako
Director
Abderrahmane Sissako
Screenwriter
Jacques Besse
Cinematographer
Nadia Ben Rachid
Editor
Laurent Cavero
Art Director
Joseph Kpobly
Art Director
Guillaume de Seille
Executive Producer
Laurent Dreyer
Sound/Sound Designer
Alioune Mbow
Sound/Sound Designer
Antoine Ouvrier
Sound/Sound Designer
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