Waiting for Happiness (2002): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Waiting for Happiness (2002)

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7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu June 6, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Set in a Mauritanian coastal town at the edge of the Sahara Desert, Waiting for Happiness elliptically explores the gateways between Africa and Europe, tradition and modernity, childhood and adulthood. The cast of characters radiates around Abdallah, a 17-year-old intellectual distanced from the language and culture of his hometown; while he waits to emigrate to France, he struggles to communicate with the inhabitants and migrants around him. Abderrahmane Sissako weaves together disparate yet invariably intoxicating sights and sounds, teasing out the systems of exchange and translation that exist even when life seems at a standstill.


96 min

Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002, Mauritania/France, 35mm

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu