Life on Earth


Time Out says

A rejoinder to the West's millennial hysteria, this beautiful feature debut follows writer/director Sissako from France to his father's Malian hometown, where the locals observe the developed world's excitement over the changing of the digits, relayed over the radio, with a casual interest while life goes on otherwise as normal. The film is quietly contemplative, overlaying scenes of apparently relaxed rural habitude with Sissako's occasional voice-over musing on the fate and fears of post-colonial Africa. Dramatic it ain't, the postmaster's mixed fortunes with the town's telephone being the nearest thing to a narrative motif. Among others the film quotes the Martinique writer Aimé Césaire, while simultaneously celebrating the gentle rhythms and colours of the present, typified by Anouar Brahem's delightful music.


Release details

61 mins

Cast and crew

Abderrahmane Sissako
Abderrahmane Sissako
Abderrahmane Sissako
Nana Baby
Mohamed Sissako
Bourama Coulibaly
Keita Bina Gaoussou
Mahamadou Drame