Waiting for Happiness

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date: June 20, 2003 - Quebec release: June 20, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 3.33
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Cast: Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Nana Diakité, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda, Makanfing Dabo


Abdallah, a teenage boy, returns from overseas to the Mauritanian coastal fishing village of Nouadhibou, where he stays with his mother while preparing to set out again for Europe. He has difficulties adapting because he isn’t able to speak his native tongue. However, he observes with increasing interest the lives of the villagers around him.

Nana, a prostitute, who tries to seduce him; Makan, who like him, dreams of living in Europe; Khatra, the orphan apprenticed to a local electrian; and a Chinese immigrant who sings karaoke

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Studio: New Yorker Films
Producer(s): Guillaume de Seille
Screenplay: Abderrahmane Sissako

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