A screening of the film selected by writer Vamba Sherif. Heremakone takes place in Nouadhibou, Mauritania, a transit community for people travelling from Africa to Europe. The city adds up to one big "wait for good fortune" (Heremakono). Director Abderrahmane Sissako shows that it is mosty waiting, and little good fortune - an in-between place where people pretend to live a life. Abdallah also wants to leave, a student on the way to a Europe that only exists in people's minds. But first he stops to visit his mother. He no longer seems to belong in Nouadhibou, and doesn't even speek the language, but gradually something changes.
Director Abderrahmane Sissako won the Critics' Prize at Cannes for "the transcendenly poetic presentation of emotional and humorous complications that can arise in a simple life".
Direction: Abderrahmane Sissako
Feature film, Mauritania/France, 2002