Abderrahmane Sissako: Beyond Territories
May 18 – 5:30 pm
Francesca Beale Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center (Q&A with Valérie Osouf)
Director: Valérie Osouf
Running Time: 72min
Language: French with English subtitles
To be somewhere precise yet stand nowhere at all; to touch the human soul with images. In Valérie Osouf’s portrait of the world-renowned filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Life on Earth, Bamako, Timbuktu), we are invited not only into his physical territory but also his poetic and politically engaged terrain. From Mali to China, from Nouakchott to Moscow, these spaces speak of displacement and exile. Featuring interviews with acclaimed artists, such as Danny Glover and Martin Scorsese, and everyday movie lovers — including a film-loving police officer and philosophy professor — Beyond Territories allows us to walk alongside Sissako and experience his world. Thirteen-year-old Ady no longer listens to his father, who is raising Ady on his own in France. Running out of resources, Ady’s father decides to entrust Ady to his Uncle Amadou for the summer. Amadou and his family live on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, in Burkina Faso.