Country:Mauretanien 1997
Format:35 mm
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:26 Minutes
Film series:Jenseits von Europa VI

Director :Sissako, Abderrahmane
Cinematography:Ben Youssef, Youssef
Sound:Thabet, Faouzi
Cast:Abdellatif, Abdellfattah
 Akkari, Fethi
 Bouglia, Chawki
Producer:Fourati, Dora Bouchoucha
Production company:Arte France


This film explores the impact of the modern world on the traditional male society of the Maghreb. It is a film about men who prefer to live life as an abstract game and the free-spirited woman who changes everything. Said and Youssef have fulfilled a life-long dream by opening a "chess bar" in the middle of the desert. They sit around drinking palm wine, playing board games and composing love poetry to imaginary women; all this changes with the arrival of the sexually liberated and uninhibited Sarah. (Africultures)


Sabriya is part of the project "Africa Dreaming", a chronicle of Africa in six acts, six contemporary stories which share the theme of love. They are psychological of social dramas presented in the specific cultural and traditional contexts of each of the six countries represented: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritania and Senegal.