"The best way to describe our film Bamako is that it comes straight from the heart. That is the main reason I wanted a small part in the film. It helps you feel the script even more if you are in the set. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for us. There is even a part in the film where I am in a bride’s gown in a courtyard where my husband used to play when he was growing up.” 

Maji-da Abdi Sissako is a filmmaker, producer and costume designer.  Her notable works include Heremakono and Bamako (as executive producer). As a filmmaker, she is credited for The river between us, a short film revealing the effects of war on Ethiopian women and children who were forced to relocate in refugee camps and Africa, Africas, a 3-parts film serie in collaboration with fellow filmmakers Fanta Regina Nacro (Burkina Faso) and Agnes Ndibi (Cameroon). Africa, Africas, released in 2001, is one of the first African documentary focusing on post-colonialism, war, body image, the effects of colonialism on women and the way they view beauty, poverty and exile.

She is the founder of Images That Matter, an International short film festival and the director of the Addis Ababa International Film Festival. Maji-da is also the wife of Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.

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