Heremakono (Waiting for Happiness) (Mali: 2002)

Director

Abderrahmane Sissako

Cast list

Khatra Ould Abder Kader                                             Khatra
Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid                                       Maata
Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed                     Abdallah
Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda                              Soukeyna, the mother
Nana Diakité                                                                       Nana
Makanfing Dabo                                                                Makan
Santha Leng                                                                        Tchu
Baba Ould Mini                                                                  Sidi
Mickaël Onoimweniku                                                    Mickaël
Diallo Ibrahima Sory                                                      Diallo
Cheick Oumar Tembely                                                 Omar
Jerib Ould Jiddou                                               Le chauffeur de taxi
Mohamed Salem Ould Dendou                                   Le docteur
Mohamed Lemine                                 Le réparateur électricien
Aminala Tembely                                                             La petite fille aux tresses

Credits

Written by Abderrahmane Sissako

Synopsis

Khatra, a spirited boy, wants an electric light because he wants to read at night. Maata, a stoic older man, tries to wire the room. Abdallah, a youth on his way to Europe, says good-bye to his mother. Nana looks back on the death of her daughter and her trip to Europe to inform the father. A girl takes singing lessons. Rooms have small windows, looking out onto foot traffic; transistor radios provide some link beyond. Huge ships anchor in the distance. The train comes through, stopping briefly. Offering a cigarette is a gesture of hospitality. Sand dunes and the ocean dominate the landscape. Hope springs amidst small expectations.

 

Dennis Grunes, HEREMAKONO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002), Grunes (blog)

Josh Ralskem, Waiting for Happiness (2002) – Review Summary, NY Times (online magazine)

Ed Gonzalez, Waiting for Happiness, Slant Magazine (online magazine)

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Film Review – Waiting for Happiness, Spirituality and Practice (multifaith and interspiritual website)

David Rooney, Review: “Waiting for Happiness”, Variety Magazine (online magazine)

Academic Articles:

Daressa, Larry. “Heremakono (Film).” Cineaste 28.4 (2003): 72. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 April 2014.

Tissières, Hélène. “Heremakono d’Abderrahmane Sissako: traversée poétique et rayonnement pictural.” Canadian Journal of African Studies/La Revue canadienne des études africaines 44: 345-361. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.

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