Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako was born in Mauritania in 1961, grew up in Mali, and studied film at the Federal State Film Institute in Moscow. He has directed a series of award-winning films including Life on Earth (1998), Waiting for Happiness (2002) and Bamako (2006), which deal with the themes of exile, and the relationship between Africa and the West through a typical combination of documentary, fiction, politics and poetry. Timbuktu (2014) was a critic favorite at Cannes, and was screened as part of the official competition programme.