Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako

2014 | 97 min | France, Mauritania | 15+

 

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima his daughter Toya and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family had been spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.

 

Nominee Best Foreign Language, Academy Awards 2015

Nominee Palm d’Or, Cannes International Film Festival 2014

Best Director, Chicago International Film Festival, 2014