Abderrahmane Sissako is a Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer. His 2014 film Timbuktu was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and named Best Film in the 11th Africa Movie Academy Awards among over ten additional nominations and awards. Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival official selection under Un Certain Regard, winning the FIPRESCI Prize. His 2007 film Bamako likewise received much international attention. Sissako's themes include globalization, exile and displacement. Sissako’s Katz Distinguished Lecture will be on the aesthetics of Africa cinema.