We went to a schoolroom--which gave new meaning to a one-room schoolhouse. This had more than 60 nursery-school children. The walls were bare except for one blackboard that had the ABC's on it. Children took turns walking up to the board and reciting the alphabet. Was it just for our benefit? I wondered.
As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.