Sissako is the most distinguished and inventive filmmaker working in Africa today. Born in Mauritania and raised in Mali, his father's homeland, he returned to Mauritania in 1980. A study grant allowed him to attend the University of Moscow. Le Jeu (1990), first presented as a graduation assignment, won the prize for best short work at the Giornate del Cinema Africano of Perugia in 1991. His work has consistently won prestigious awards ever since. His latest film, Bamako, in which Western financial institutions are put on trial by African civil society, has been released worldwide.
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