La Vie Sur Terre

La Vie Sur Terre (Life on Earth) is a 1998 Malian comedy/drama film written and directed by, and starring Abderrahmane Sissako. It is set in the village of Sokolo and depicts rural life on the eve of the 21st century. Runtime is 61 minutes. The film was made for the 2000, Seen By... project,[1] initiated by the French company Haut et Court to produce films depicting the approaching turn of the millennium seen from the perspectives of 10 different countries.[2]

La Vie Sur Terre
Directed byAbderrahmane Sissako
Written byAbderrahmane Sissako
StarringAbderrahmane Sissako
Nana Baby
Mohamed Sissako
CinematographyJacques Besse
Edited byNadia Ben Rachid
Distributed byCalifornia Newsreel
Haut et Court (France)
Release date
June 9, 1999 (France)
Running time
61 minutes

The film earned Sissako awards at the Fribourg International Film Festival, the Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival.


  1. "La Vie Sur Terre," Haut et Court, URL accessed 15 August 2016.
  2. Yoram Allon, Del Cullen, Hannah Patterson, Contemporary North American Film Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide, Wallflower Press, 2002, p. 367.

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