21 may 2011

La vie sur terre

Title: La vie sur terre (Life on Earth)
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Writer: Abderrahmane Sissako
Year: 1998
Running time: 61 minutes
Country: Mali and Mauritania
Plot summary:
In the last days of 1999, after a few shots of a French supermarket, abundant in food and color, we hear Dramane compose a letter home to his father in Mali whom he then visits in the village of Sokolo. He meets the lovely Nana, and there are possibilities. People place long-distance calls from the post office. "Reaching people," says the postmaster, "is a matter of luck." Contrasts between Paris and Sokolo - between Mali and France and between Africa and Europe - are underscored by voice-over poems and comments by Aimé Césaire. A man dictates a letter to a brother in France: what is the nature of their hardships? People look for their place on this earth.

© Text: IMDB

Watch images of the film with music from Salif Keita's Folon.

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