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Filmography - African Feature Films

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018

African Feature Films - Mauritania

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library catalog (


Heremakono = waiting for happiness. 2002, 1 videodisc (91 min.).  This hypnotic tone poem confirms Sissako's talent for capturing the essence of a place through evocative imagery, Tatiesque comedy, and close observation of everyday life. Abdallah returns to his homeland, a seaside town of Nouadhibou in Mauritania, for an indeterminate amount of time. Now a stranger to his own community and language, the young man tries to absorb as much local color (literally and figuratively) before embarking for Europe. MAURITANIA. DVD 9258 

La vie sur terre = Life on Earth. 1998, 1 videodisc (61 min.).  Library of African cinema. On the eve of the year 2000, Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker living in France, goes home to visit his father in a small village in Mali. At the post office, he encounters a young woman. A relationship develops, while on the streets of the village, daily life goes on peacefully and unchanged as a new millennium arrives. MALI / MAURITANIA / FRANCE. DVD 8169 and Streaming video.

Timbuktu. 2014. 1 videodisc (97 min.).  A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives, which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith, abruptly disturbed when they are forced to follow the new laws of their foreign occupants. MAURITANIA. MALI. DVD 12426.