Rare FILM screening: Waiting for happiness


  •   Over 18
  •   Film Screenings, Food & Drink and Something A Little Different
  •   Thu, 2nd Jun 2016 @ 20:00 - 0:00
  •   20:00 - 00:00
  •   Digbeth

The Mockingbird is proud to be co-hosting a unique screening of Sissako’s 2002 film ‘Waiting for Happiness’. This is a film that explores the themes of rootlessness, displacement and alienation in a globalised, migratory society, through the story of young Abdallah. 

This poetic film subtly explores the tension between tradition and progress in Abdallah’s hometown, the Mauritanian town of Nouadhibou (West Africa), as he returns to visit his mother before leaving for Europe. Unable to speak the local language, the film is less about the dialogue but rather centres on the spellbinding imagery that the film’s landscape provides. Film presented in its original French audio with English sub-titles.

This screening will be followed by a short Q&A exploring some of the themes cinema techniques and wider significance of this film. After the film screening we can enjoy the rest of the evening in the surroundings of The Mockingbird's bar. 

The film is presented as part of a continuing initiative by University of Birmingham for cultural engagement, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.


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Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory Gibb Street B9 4AA



Mockingbird House, The Custard Factory Gibb Street B9 4AA


  • Cuisines

    This event serves British and Grill food.


The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen

The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen

A seriously creative space in the heart of the Custard Factory (within Birmingham's ever creative location of Digbeth, think earlier days of Shoreditch) that was waiting for owners who have launched The Mockingbird to take hold. This theatre and bar offers so much for anyone's food, drink and entertaining…


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