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Made for the French TV series “2000 Seen By,” this 1998 feature by Abderrahmane Sissako reflects on the state of Africa. Trained in Moscow and now based in Paris, Sissako imagines himself visiting his father in the Mali ancestral village of Sokolo on the eve of the year 2000; he's caught up in the sleepy rhythms of village life, where radio and telephone are the inhabitants' only means of communicating with the outside world. Sissako faithfully documents the villagers' arid and arduous existence in sunbaked images, and while his Africa is clearly a microcosm, located on the periphery of the industrial world, its people seem eager to tune in. Nostalgic about the continent's past, he still sees the need for Africans to join the rest of the world. In French and Bambara with subtitles. 61 min.

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